By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 30 November 2013:
The general strike called by Tripoli Local Council after the Gharghour massacre on 15 November . . .[restrict]has been suspended. The council leader, Sadat Elbadri, announced last night that it was giving the government 15 days to implement Congress Law number 27 which ordered all militias to be withdrawn from the capital by 31 December. The strike would resume if there were no action.
The statement was prepared following meetings between all local area councils in Tripoli and representatives from civil society organisations. According to Elbdari, they want the government to release details of all bases that have been handed over and units that have left the city. It had to be transparent for all to see.
The government had to present a preliminary plan for removing all armed militia units in Tripoli in no more than 15 days, he said, otherwise the strike would bee back on.
The decision to suspend the strike is seen as a response to a growing move by local shops and businesses to ignore it. Yesterday the University of Tripoli, which had backed the strike, also announced that it was resuming classes today.
In its statement, the council instructed the local police (known as the municipality guards) to report details of any bases still held by militias to the government in order to protect the civilian population.
It thanked the army and police for securing the streets of the capital the city and urged the residents to cooperate with them.