By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 29 December 2013:
A group of protestors calling themselves the “Honourable People of Libya” has today seized the Foreign . . .[restrict]Ministry building demanding that the General National Congress pass a vote of no confidence in prime minister Ali Zeidan.
The protestors have given the Congress three days to act on their demands, which also include a call for tough measures to reopen oil ports and the full implementation of Law 27 and 53, requiring the removal of all armed militias from Tripoli and other Libyan towns and cities. They are also bemoaning the continued violence in the east of the country, particularly Benghazi, which they say the government has proved itself powerless to stop.
Further grievances include the failure of the authorities to publish the results of any investigation into the murders of former and serving police and military personnel in Benghazi. The group also said that it was unhappy with the re-investigation of the Lockerbie bombing and feared that it would lead to the further “blackmail” of Libya.
It is not clear how many people are occupying the foreign ministry. The protestors have refused to speak to the media. However a small delegation came outside the ministry gates to read a statement setting out their demands. They then withdraw inside the compound. It is not believed that the occupiers are armed.
Reports that the Prime Minister’s office had also been blockaded were denied to the Libya Herald by Zeidan’s media office, who said that the information had come “from a fake FaceBook page”. There are unconfirmed claims that the Post Office in Zawia Street and the Ministry of Justice have also been occupied by protestors. [/restrict]