- Title: LIBYA: Anti-government protest flares up inside Tripoli
- Date: 1st March 2011
- Summary: TAJOURA DISTRICT, TRIPOLI, LIBYA (FEBRUARY 28, 2011) (REUTERS) MAN ON TOP OF BILLBOARD WITH PRE-GADDAFI ERA FLAG AND SMALL ANTI-GADDAFI PROTEST BELOW GRAFFITI READING 'GADAFI GAME OVER' (English) DEMONSTRATORS GRAFFITI READING IN ARABIC: 'Have patience Gaddafi as we will dig your grave in Tajoura' / 'The people want the fall of Gaddafi' DEMONSTRATORS TORN POSTER BOARD WHICH CARRIED GADDAFI PICTURE DEMONSTRATORS UNDER THE POSTER BOARD DEMONSTRATOR SPRAYING GRAFFITI ON THE WALL READING 'Down with the terrorist traitor who murders the innocent.' MAN SPRAYING GRAFFITI READING: 'DOWN WITH THE REGIME' YOUTH'S FACE AS HE SPRAYS 'Out Momer' (English) BULLET HOLE IN THE WALL / GRAFFITI IN ARABIC 'You will not buy us with money' YOUTHS OUTSIDE BUILDING IN FRONT OF GRAFFITI INTERIOR OF HOSPITAL HOLES IN THE WINDOW MAN SHOWING HOLES IN THE DOOR DEMONSTRATORS ON THE ROAD
- Embargoed: 16th March 2011 12:00
- Location: Libya
- Country: Libya
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement,Domestic Politics
- Reuters ID: LVAK46O38N8A6PVS53NJS3LEKS1
- Story Text: A small anti-Gaddafi demonstration took place in Tripoli on Monday (February 28) following the funeral of one person said to have been killed in clashes the night before.
Shortly after the start of the demonstration, a Reuters reporter saw government supporters arriving in a civilian car. Two men got out of the car armed with Kalashnikov rifles. One of them shot in the air, 500 metres away from the crowd in what appeared to be a warning shot before climbing back into the car and driving off.
During the demonstration, protesters wrote anti-government graffiti on walls that had been freshly painted that morning to cover up previous anti-government slogans.
Residents in Tajoura said there have been clashes in their neighbourhood where residents have held several demonstrations to show their opposition to the Libyan leader.
Graffiti across the district read: 'Have patience Gaddafi as we will dig your grave in Tajoura' and 'The people want the fall of Gaddafi'.
Another message read: 'You will not buy us with money', in reference to a government scheme to give out 500 Libyan dinars (400 US dollars) to Libyans in what many see as a bid to calm discontent.
At a local hospital, staff said they were attacked by a pro-Gaddafi militia one night last week after the gunmen believed wounded protesters were been given treatment at the facility. There were bullet holes in the walls, broken windows and pierced shutters.
Tajoura, in eastern Tripoli, has set up several road blocks on their streets and journalists walking through the district had the feeling it was largely in opposition control.
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