Demonstrations took place on Friday in several cities to condemn the deteriorating living conditions and the political dead end. In Tobruk, in the eastern part of the country, protesters took over the seat of parliament and set it on fire. As a sign of anger against the two rival governments, which have made life unbearable, according to witnesses. This mobilization comes as Libya has been plagued by power outages for several days, exacerbating the situation.
“We want light” chanted protesters in Tripoli under the watchful eye of security forces. In Tobruk, they searched the seat of the Riksdag and burned down part of the building. Other protesters waved green flags for Muammar Gaddafi’s former regime.
All Friday, the anger gripped several cities in Libya. This is the largest mobilization since 2011, the year of the revolution, which put an end to Gaddafi’s regime. And then as now, the Libyans want change.
As the youth association Tobruk. On Twitter, they expressed their frustration over the status quo.
We came out in 2011 to fight injustice, poverty and hunger and to build a united Libya. We were then confronted with shadows raging in the dark, with terrorism and never finding security. Parliament, the Prime Minister as well as the fictitious governments do not care about the deplorable condition of the people. For six years, they have traveled back and forth, in Libya and abroad, to conduct dialogues that have become nothing and that have not been useful to the people. They really only care about their seats of power. (…) We therefore demand the suspension of Parliament and the High Council of State, and all governments that have given nothing but division and disagreement. We then demand that the parliamentary and presidential elections be held immediately.
Explanation of the young people in Tobruk
According to our information, some of the protesters are currently camping in front of Aguila Saleh’s house, the head of parliament, and the situation could change very quickly.
It should be remembered that two governments have been vying for power since March: one based in Tripoli and led by Abdelhamid Dbeibah since 2021 and another led by Fathi Bachagha and with the support of Tobruk’s parliament and Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the strong man from the east.
Presidential and legislative surveys were to be held in December 2021 but have been postponed indefinitely due to major differences between political rivals.
Conflicts between rival camps are also believed to be behind the blockade of several oil installations that led to the current power outages.