The building must have been vandalized and there is information about fires – there should be no staff on site as Friday is a public holiday. The House of Representatives in Tobruk wrote in a statement that the right of citizens to demonstrate is respected, but condemns that the parliament “was vandalized and burned.”
Protests across the country
Demonstrators expressed anger at the rising cost of living and concern about power outages, exacerbated by the blockade of several oil factories. Protests against the political leadership also erupted in other parts of the country.
– We want work lights, protesters chanted in Tripoli, where there is a rival government.
During Friday’s parliamentary storm, protesters waving flags of the ex-Gaddafi government took part, TT writes, citing Libyan media.
Parliament was moved from Tripoli to Tobruk after a UN operation in 2011, in which the Swedish Air Force participated, to overthrow dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Last week, the United Nations tried, without success, to mediate between the two parties to find a new date for the presidential and parliamentary elections that would have taken place six months ago.
Several MEPs are urging members of the House of Representatives and the Tripoli Competition Authority to resign en masse.
“We must admit that we have failed and immediately withdraw from the political scene,” a member of parliament wrote, according to local media.
The United Nations condemns the storm.
Stephanie Williams, UN Special Adviser to Libya, wrote on Twitter: “The right of the people to peaceful protest must be respected and protected, but riots and vandalism such as yesterday’s storming of the House of Representatives in Tobruk are completely unacceptable.”
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