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Libya Joins In Pro-Democracy Protests

Paresh Dave |
February 15, 2011 | 4:16 p.m. PST

Senior News Editor

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Unconfirmable reports on Twitter are detailing violent clashes late Tuesday between security forces and protestors in Libya.

The North African country is the latest to join a wave of unrest spreading across the Middle East. Inspired by revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, Libyans are looking to check the power of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi's 42-year-long regime.

Demonstrators had planned to hold "Day of Rage" protests on Thursday but several hundred people took the streets Tuesday night. Thursday protests would mark the five-year anniversary of similar demonstrations in the Libyan capital of Benghazi back in 2006. The latest protests have been organized through Facebook. There's also a Google Map available showing major events during the past day.

Posters Twitter claim Internet and cell phone service have been cut off in the capital. Other posters say the few hundred protestors have been attacked by tear gas and water guns.

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Anonymous#2 (not verified) on February 16, 2011 12:07 AM

fuck you, anonymous, you fucking sellout. unemployment's at 30 percent, does that sound like a good thing?

i've got three words for you, you turd: abu salim prison.

get off the fucking internet, you overprivileged asswipe. i'm willing to bet you or you're family's living in gaddafi's pocket and that's the only reason you're here. there's a special place in hell for you, you fucking sycophant.

Anonymous (not verified) on February 15, 2011 7:02 PM

I hope these idiots don't try anything stupid. We're perfectly happy with the status quo, food is cheap, gas is cheap, water is cheap, electricity is cheap, and we get tons of benefits from the government. Why the hell do you want to fuck up a good thing.