Libyan Parliament Speaker: Attack On Peaceful Demonstrations Are An Abuse of Power

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Libyan Parliament Speaker, Ageela Saleh, considered the attack on demonstrators in Tripoli, an unjustified assault and abuse of power.

In his statement, Saleh affirmed the citizens’ right to demonstrate peacefully and express their opinions freely. He noted that it is also a human right recognised by Islamic law, charters, norms, and international laws, provided that no harm is done to others, or public and private property.

Saleh also called on all official police and security services in Tripoli, to protect the peaceful protestors. He demanded protection of their rights, and called on the Public Prosecutor to assume his responsibilities, regarding this unjustified attack.

Protests against Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) have erupted in the city of Tripoli. Activists have shared videos on social media of heavy police presence near the People’s Hall government building. Anti-GNA demonstrations first began on Sunday evening in the cities of Tripoli and Misrata, over poor living conditions and corruption.