- Title: LIBYA: Amateur video shows week of unrest in Tripoli
- Date: 27th February 2011
- Summary: TAJOURA NEIGHBOURHOOD, TRIPOLI, LIBYA (FEBRUARY 26, 2011) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CONCRETE BLOCKS CLOSING OFF QUIET STREET IN TAJOURA TREE LYING ACROSS THE ROAD TWO MEN SITTING BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WAITING TO BUY BREAD PEOPLE WALKING AWAY FROM BREAD SHOP
- Embargoed: 14th March 2011 12:00
- Location: Libya
- Country: Libya
- Topics: Domestic Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA6MU54B61ODCJ1PBVUD7TYGBSX
- Story Text: Amateur video from the Tajoura area of Tripoli purportedly shows what residents say are regular demonstrations over the past week met with gunfire by forces loyal to the government.
Amateur video filmed on a mobile phone shows anti-government protesters in the Tajoura neighbourhood of Libya's capital Tripoli which appears to have been shot on Thursday, February 24.
Residents in this neighbourhood say they now harbour a lot of resentment against the government after several of their demonstrations were met with violence from government forces. They say they have been holding peaceful protests for a week.
On one of the videos protesters are holding Kingdom of Libya flags, the country's official flag until the 1969 coup led by Muammar Gaddafi. Some opposition groups have appropriated this older flag as their symbol of resistance. There is a cracking of gunfire in the background and later a crowd gathers around a man they say was injured in the march.
One resident, Ali, said a whole family were shot dead in a car on Tuesday (February 22). They say the pro-government forces, whom they describe as mercenaries, shot at crowds with anti-aircraft guns.
One doctor from a local clinic said they were treating as many as 60 wounded people.
The residents said they will continue to demonstrate against the regime because they are angry about reports of violence in the east and they want the killing in their streets to stop.
On Saturday (February 26) the streets of Tajoura were calm but the streets have been cut off from the main road with crude barrages of concrete blocks and felled palm trees.
Most shops were closed and there were a few queues outside bakeries.
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