Libya: Protestors Burn Parts of Parliament Building in Tobru

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The Facts

  • On Sat., Libyan protesters said they will keep demonstrating until all ruling elites quit, after rallies on Fri. saw crowds burn parts of the parliament building in Tobruk.

  • Protestors outraged by feuding politicians and subpar living conditions also demonstrated in Benghazi, al-Baydha, Misrata, and other smaller towns - with many protesting over chronic power cuts and demonstrators in Tobruk accusing the government of treason and stealing money.

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

The people of Libya have a right to peacefully protest but the defacing of the parliament building and destructive rioting is unnacceptable. Libyan leaders have been working with the UN to bring about change, and violence will not help this process.

Establishment-critical narrative

The people of Libya are tired of feuding factions, the crumbling quality of life, and the UN who indulged the political class behind Lybia's instability. The possibility of elections seems slim, forcing Lybians to take action. Enough is enough; it's time for change.

Establishment split



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