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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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