Some 500 protesters broke into the grounds of Libya’s parliament building on Sunday to demand an end to violence in Bani Walid, a former stronghold of Moammar Gadhafi, according to the Star.com.
Militiamen many of whom were from Misrata and aligned with the Defense Ministry have been shelling the hilltop town of 70,000 people for several days. State news agency LANA said on Sunday that 22 people had been killed and 200 wounded in the fighting, according to that news source.
Libya’s new rulers have held elections but have not been able to impose their authority on a country inundated with weapons a year after the death of Gadhafi.
In Tripoli, an unarmed group of male and female pushed past security guards at the gates of the grounds of the parliament buildings, chanting “There is no God but God, and President (Mohammed) Magarief is God’s enemy.” reported the Star.com.
According to that news report, security forces fired rounds into the air as they held their positions at the building’s entrance while elected members of the General National Congress held an emergency conference.
Demonstrations were last held on Oct. 4 when a group of protesters stormed the assembly as it prepared to scrutinize the prime minister-elect’s nominations.