BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Residents of Libya's second-largest city warned on Saturday of a "revolution" to get rid of armed militias and Islamic extremists after protests spurred in part by the killing of the U.S. ambassador left four dead in an unprecedented eruption of public frustration.
In a sign of how weak the country's post-Moammar Gadhafi leadership remains, authorities tried to stem popular anger, pleading that some of the militias are needed to keep the country safe since the police and army are incapable of doing so.
A mass protest Friday against militias against the compounds of several armed groups in Benghazi lasted into early Saturday, as thousands stormed the headquarters of Ansar al-Shariah, an Islamic extremist group suspected in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate.
They drove out the Ansar gunmen and set fire to cars in the compound — once a major base for Gadhafi's feared security forces — and then moved onto the base of a second Islamist militia, the Rafallah Sahati Brigade. Brigade fighters opened fire to keep the protesters at bay.
The state news agency said four protesters were killed and 70 injured in the overnight violence.
I think this is great news. This shows to all the doubters (and I have to admit that I am one of them), who believe that the Muslim world is separated into homicidal religious nuts and those "moderates" too cowardly to stomp in the Islamofascists in their midst.
In Libya those moderates have taken to the streets, and even stormed the HQ of Ansar al-Shariah. Good for them! I whole-heartedly support you guys.
PS: One more thing. This shows how cowardly the media is. Notice how the writer says that this is somehow a bad thing, that it shows "In a sign of how weak the country's post-Moammar Gadhafi leadership remains, authorities tried to stem popular anger, pleading that some of the militias are needed to keep the country safe since the police and army are incapable of doing so." Yea right - I wonder how popular a US government would be if they said that Neo-nazis, KKK and anarchist militias were "necessary" and so would not be prosecuted for their crimes.
It also confirms the suspicions of many that the Libyan government (such as it is) had no intention of rooting out the Islamists who killed our ambassador.
[Edited 2012-09-22 17:39:59]