Libya Protests Ahead of Fathi Terbil Arrest Demonstration
Libya Protests: 'Day of Anger' over Fathi Terbil Arrest
Cities across Libya saw clashes between protestors and police, a day ahead of the planned "Day of Anger' to protest against the arrest of Fathi Terbil, a human rights activist and lawyer who represented the relative of over 1,000 prisoners who were murdered at Abu Salim jail in Tripoli in 1996.
In Zentan, protestors torched police stations and occupied public squares. In Benghazi, police and demonstrators clashed, and dozens were injured. News has been slow to emerge on the protests, as Muammar Ghaddafi's govenrment keeps a tight leash on the media.
Activists had earlier clashed with government supporters and police, who reportedly shot rubber-coated steel bullets and used water cannon in Benghazi city.
The protesters are said to have thrown stones and petrol bombs, and set vehicles alight. Witnesses said police used rubber bullets and water cannon to disperse them.
The protests reportedly began after the arrest of Fathi Terbil, who represents relatives of more than 1,000 prisoners allegedly massacred by security forces in Tripoli's Abu Salim jail in 1996. He was later said to have been freed.