Libya celebrates two years since start of revolutionԱշխարհ
Libya celebrated Sunday two years since the start of the revolt that toppled Moammar Gadhafi, with security forces on high alert amid fears of fresh violence which has plagued the North African nation.
The anniversary of the uprising that ended with Gadhafi’s killing in October 2011 comes as Libya’s new rulers battle critics calling for a “new revolution” and accusing them of failing to usher in much-needed reforms.
Speaking to hundreds of people in the eastern city of Benghazi, where the uprising began, de facto head of state Mohammad Megarief paid homage to the “martyrs of the revolution” and the “true revolutionaries” who helped bring down Gadhafi.
He insisted that Libya would not be allowed to become a “base for terrorism” and vowed to end the marginalization of the east.
Thousands of people gathered Friday in the main cities of Tripoli and Benghazi to celebrate the initial Feb. 15, 2011, protest that ignited the revolt that began two days later.
Authorities took steps to prevent any violence Sunday, when spontaneous celebrations were expected.
Despite Libya holding its first free elections in July last year, Azqim said the country is not yet politically mature after four decades of dictatorship.
The fear of fresh violence is strong among both Libya’s dwindling foreign community, and some Libyans have rushed to stock up on food and domestic gas.