By Hadi Fornaji.
Tripoli, 28 November:
There were long queues of cars at petrol stations in Tripoli this evening following fresh protests in . . .[restrict]the afternoon at the refinery in Zawia by local revolutionaries wounded in last year’s battles in the town.
On 4 November, there was similar panic buying when the same protestors blockaded the refinery demanding that they and injured colleagues be treated abroad. The protest was quickly sorted out after the authorities told the demonstrators that their grievances would be addressed.
This time, according to Zawia political activist Usama Kubbar who works with the revolutionaries, the protests are not directed at the Libyan authorities so much as at a number of foreign governments over delays in processing visas and declining to treat the wounded.
“It’s not a major issue”, Kubbar said. He expected it would probably be sorted out in a day or two. Drivers in Tripoli were overreacting, he said. [/restrict]