Tripoli, 24 November 2013:
Tripoli Local Council has called for a second week of strikes to keep pressure on the government to . . .[restrict]ensure that all traces of militias have been removed from the capital.
Despite reports of mass evacuations, the council said that some militias had merely moved equipment and personnel to other locations in and around Tripoli, according to Libyan news agency LANA.
With some militia members continuing to occupy premises in the capital, the demands of Law No 27 – to remove all armed groups for Tripoli – had not yet been achieved, the council said.
Although Zeidan called for an end to the strikes during last night’s press conference, asking everyone to return to work, some organisations and establishments did not reopen their doors today.
The National Oil Corporation (NOC) reopened, as did some banks. Other banks and some shops, however, remained closed.
Some of the capital’s schools, all of which were expected to reopen today, remained shut, with parents facing a second week looking after children at home. The Ministry of Education released a statement reminding all school staff that study should have returned to normal this week. Anyone still staging strike action could face legal accountability, the Ministry warned. [/restrict]