Dozens of people have taken to the streets in the eastern city of Benghazi, the stronghold of General Khalifa Haftar, to protest the living conditions, witnesses said Friday.
According to witnesses, protesters have criticized power outages, lack of money at banks and corruption in state institutions, which lasted until early Friday. There were no clashes between the demonstrators and the security forces retreating to the outskirts of Benghazi.
“Our protest wanted to sound the alarm,” one demonstrator told the DPA. “The protest will not be the last if radical solutions to the problems are not found,” he said.
In response, the President of Parliament in eastern Libya, Agila Salé, called a government meeting to “respond to the demands of the citizens,” his spokesman for the Libyan National Army ordered Haftar to make no comment.
Benghazi was the city where the 2011 uprising began that led to the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Haftar is currently in a conflict with the Libyan government that has been recognized by the international community based in Tripoli.