Magharebia (Washington DC)

Libya: Protestors Rally Against Libyan Militias

Roughly 2,000 people rallied in Benghazi on Friday (December 28th) to demand that militias made up of former rebels who helped oust Moamer Kadhafi disband and join the army or police, AFP reported.

"Our demands are: dissolve all militias and make their members individually enter the army or police force," activist and law student Bilal Bettamer said at Friday's protest.

"And we want all pro-Kadhafi and Kadhafi-era criminals to be removed from the police and army. We want to end this stalemate between the army and militias," he added.

Former rebels who have refused to join the security forces insist that the authorities first purge themselves of remnants of the Kadhafi regime.

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