Islamists Fire on Massive Peace Protest in Benghazi – 8 People Injured

Anti-militia protesters marched today in Benghazi.

Protesters take part in a march in Benghazi city, September 21, 2012. Thousands of Libyans marched in Benghazi on Friday in support of democracy and against the Islamist militias that Washington blames for an attack on the U.S. consulate last week that killed four Americans including the ambassador. (REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)

30,000 peace activists marched in Benghazi today in a mass protest against Islamic militias. It was a terrific event until the Islamists fired on the protesters wounding 8 people.
Russia Today reported:

Islamist militiamen have opened fire on pro-government demonstrators who stormed their headquarters in Benghazi, Libya, as thousands took to the streets to rally against militias on Friday. Eight people have reportedly been wounded.

Pro-democracy activists entered the headquarters of the Islamist militia, Ansar al-Sharia, evicting the militiamen and setting fire to their building. The incident took place in the city that became the cradle of last year’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi regime.

Reuters correspondents heard gunfire coming from the direction of the compound. The agency quoted an ambulance driver as saying that at least eight people had been wounded.

“We entered here to give the place to the national security forces,” activist Musaf al-Sheikhy said, according to Reuters.

The “Rescue Benghazi day” demonstration drew tens of thousands of people discontent with armed Islamist militias.Anger has boiled over with the groups refusing to give up their weapons and repeatedly disobeying the new Libyan government, threatening stability in post-Gaddafi Libya.

“No to armed formations” and “Yes to the Libyan army”, read some banners used by demonstrators.

“I don’t want to see armed men wearing Afghani-style clothes stopping me in the street to give me orders, I only want to see people in uniform,” Omar Mohammed, a university student who took part in the takeover of the Islamist headquarters, told AP.

The activists demanded the central government disband militias and also condemned last week’s attack on the US embassy in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

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  • Definitely related:

    1. “The defense establishment knows this, we warned about it before the deal.”

    2. The annual Muslim Day Parade in NYC is Sunday.

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    As for the ‘open fire’ thing……… And you expected what else to happen ?

  • Limousine Barry

    Let me be clear, if I am reelected I promise to bring these types of things to every city, every town, in all of the 57 states. I will continue to try to lose the war as fast as possible and put our troops on a domestic terrorist list.

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  • disgusted

    Drone them.

  • Tom63010

    Wait a minute. Our administration says that a group of Marines could not have prevented the attack against our Embassy. Then the comes this protest against the renegade militia where they burn down the renegade militia. Now we learn they have a headquarters building. This is truly bizaro world we are living in now. Maybe I could become a Military Leader and suggest that they blow up the headquarters and kill everything that survives the blast. Perhaps we can stop being such a paper tiger and support the people that protested instead of reacting, we’ll I am not sure making a speech is reacting but with the Apologized in Chief that is president now I know this will never happen. Perhaps Obama can send a drone over, he seems to prefer model airplanes. Of course one was expendable so he could make sure the Iranians could have a more even fight.

  • SoLongSong

    #2 Kenny Solomon, LINK 2: OHMYGOD, outRAgeous! This might not turn out well. Then again, they look like such a FRIENDLY bunch. And now I see signs demanding “Muslim School Holidays”, when I’m already so furious that “Chistmas” has been replaced by “Winter” in schools.

    I miss AMERICA and want her back.

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  • Sam Stone

    If Obama is re-elected, this country may be more like Libya than we care to admit. In a second term Obama will act like Mubarek did over his people and Gahdaffi did over his. A Red White and Blue Revolution will be warranted.

  • chuck in st paul

    Wow. This is what we’ve been asking the mooslimes for, for years now – an end to these extremist a-holes that attack Americans. I was all up for bombing the crap out of Libya, but this shows signs of civilization I’ll hold my opinion for a while yet.