Protesters in Libya once again took to the streets on Thursday for what was called a ‘day of anger’ against the government.
But in the wake of reported clashes with security forces in the city of Benghazi on Wednesday, there are fears of a possible crackdown by the authorities. A video posted on YouTube purports to show demonstrators in Al Bayda. People could be heard shouting: “down with the regime.”
Opposition groups said several people were killed during demonstrations in Libya on Wednesday.
More than 100 members of a banned Islamist militant group were freed from a jail near Tripoli. It is not clear whether there is a connection with the unrest.
The authorities have played down the importance of the protests. Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi did not mention the troubles in a speech last night, but he did say that “revolutionaries” would prevail.
State TV broadcast pictures of pro-government demonstrations, said to have taken place in several Libyan cities.
Revolutionary committees – described as the backbone of the regime – have warned that they will not allow the people’s gains to be “pillaged”, threatening security and the country’s stability.