Libyans petition parliament by firing weapons in air

Libyans petition parliament by firing weapons in air

[Ed. – Hey, we have a right to petition the government for a redress of grievances too.]

About 30 militiamen, most armed with rifles, forced their way into the General National Congress (GNC) parliament compound in Tripoli, opening fire and briefly blocking one entrance before assembly members escaped via another route, witnesses and security sources said.

“We were in the middle of discussions, when armed protesters stormed into the GNC demanding that we hold a vote of no confidence,” Saad Bin Sharada, a GNC member, told Reuters.

Political transition is messy in Libya, where parliament has yet to complete key steps to democracy since Gaddafi’s fall in 2011, including the drafting and approval of a new constitution.

Parliament is deadlocked between secular and Islamist parties over a roadmap to democracy, while militias that once helped fight Gaddafi have refused to disarm, claiming Tripoli is too weak to guarantee stability.

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