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Libya protest over housing enters its third day
Frustrations over corruption and incompetence in government housing schemes for poor families spills over into protests across the country
Mohamed Abdel-Baky, Sunday 16 Jan 2011
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An image published by Qaraina news website for vacant houses in Libya

Protests in several cities in Libya continued for a third day over the late completion of government subsided housing.

Last night hundreds of people broke into vacant houses and took over about 800 vacant units in Bani Walid city (180 kilometres south east from the capital, Tripoli).

Several activists on social network sites reported that over 600 units in similar projects in Benghazi were taken over yesterday by protesters that have been waiting for years to move in to their homes.

The Libyan government has run subsided housing projects for poor families in several cities for years. However local authorities in some projects postponed the delivery of hundreds of housing units to the owners who have already signed contracts and paid most of the installments.

A statement released by the National Front for Salvation of Libya, an opposition movement established in 1981, described the frustration of the protesters in Bani Walid: “Bani Walid has no basic services; thousands of people are without houses and the local authority is corrupted, it only delivers services with bribes. Nothing will make Bani Walid calm but freedom, justice and transparency.”

Witnesses said that hundreds of policemen were observing the protests but did not intervene, even when hundreds of people broke in to some buildings under construction.

Information and videos posted on Twitter and YouTube show hundreds of Libyans protesting in the east of the country in the cities of Bidaa, Darna and Sabhaa late Saturday.

Qourina, an independent news website, reported several lootings during the protests in Darana city.

Qourina also reported that two of its reporters were beaten by protesters on Saturday.

There are no reports of injuries or clashes with the police.

Al Jazeera TV network reported that police have been instructed by the government to avoid any clashes with protesters and to only protect government buildings and contain the protesters' anger

The government response came in a statement on Saturday by the Revolutionary Committee, an influential policy making body within the government, that described the protests as “demagogy” that undermine the legitimate authority.

“We have formed a committee to investigate every complaint, all the problems will be solved soon through the legitimate authorities,” the statement added.

Libyan state media did not mention the protests; however the Revolutionary Committee's statement condemning the protests was reported on television.



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William H. Depperman
09-03-2011 05:04am
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Libya and Regime Change
The U.S. REGIME CHANGE GAMBIT IN THE MIDEAST AND GULF STATES: Because the situation has deteriorated for the United States so far in the Mideast and elsewhere, the U.S. dictatorship of millionaires and billionaires has organized the beginning of a Mideast-wide and Gulf states-wide campaign of REGIME CHANGE. They are also including Iran, the Peoples' Republic of China and as many enemies as possible as well as regimes considered VERY friendly to the U.S. dictatorship. You remember how often Bush called for "regime change." Well, what is happening in the Mideast and Gulf is precisely regime change using THEIR Internet organizing tools such as FACEBOOK, Twitter, etc. (THAT is why they--Time magazine--made the CEO of FACEBOOK the "Man of the Year.") There is no "revolution" going on in Tunisia, Egypt, or Bahrain! A genuine revolution in today's world with an international Working Class is a Socialist Revolution and involves a CHANGE IN PROPERTY RELATIONS. It means getting rid of the dictat
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the_blind_love
25-02-2011 03:54pm
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the first thing:HI EVERY BODY IN THIS website I am too happy to associate with your website For my opinion i think the protests in libya is developed day by day You must the international council do any thing to stopped the protestr in libya Thanks
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Jorge
21-02-2011 02:31pm
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Libya free democracy
Congratulations! Libyan people should fight for freedon and democracy. All corruption and dictators should go down. We all have to follow the example of Egypt that is now free! Go ahead and fight for a new life people!
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Peter sande
20-02-2011 10:21am
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Corruption at the pick
Gaddafi spent the housing scheme money on Uganda's Best Kemigisha of Tooro!!!! People should fight for their rights!!!
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Barrak W
17-02-2011 02:33pm
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Its a revolution
The voices of those yearning for change is finally out,its roaring like mighty river and shall not be stopped until their voices are had and is heard very clearly for the world is changing and those who are not ready will be changed on by the road side.
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Azeldin El-Sharif
17-01-2011 09:10pm
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Chaos by the regime
Well, the fact is that the regime created this situation to drive people away from what is happening in Tunisia, and to take the heat away so it does not reflect on Libyan people, but at the same time it could lead to a real movement in Libya, the regime this time prepared for this event not like the last one in February 2006, when the secret police opened fire on protesters in Benghazi, and that led the march against Gaddafi thugs and for more than three days, but this time the regime was very careful and the action was to drive the anger away from facing the regime, by creating this chaos in all parts of the country and to be seen as something normal but the government did not even involve in it, and the real story is that Gaddafi gave his speech in Sabha Southern Libya on his way back from Chad, in his speech Caddafi encouraged people to occupy these houses, for the seeing it is right but the truth is, Ghaddafi gave permeation to people to take properties of others who paid for
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Carlos
17-01-2011 01:15pm
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Unrest Libya n Marj
Bro we are so scared.The Pinoy nurses are all chased out and robbed
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