Militiamen beat protesters in Libya's capital


Associated Press

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 8:03 PM

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Demonstrations in the streets of Libya's capital have resulted in violence. Scores of militiamen descended on a rally in Tripoli, kicking and beating protesters who had taken to the streets to demonstrate against the country's militias.

Rallies also took place in two other Libyan cities, with hundreds of activists denouncing the armed thugs and decrying what they describe as political maneuverings by the nation's Muslim Brotherhood.

Libya has been gripped by fears of a new armed conflict for nearly two weeks, after militias stormed and surrounded government buildings in Tripoli. They wanted parliament to pass a law preventing members of Moammar Gadhafi's regime from serving in senior government posts. The law was approved, with guns still drawn on the streets.

Today's other two rallies in Libya passed without violence.

Two U.S. officials said today that Marines and other U.S. forces in Europe are on a heightened state of alert, in response to a deteriorating security situation in the Libyan capital.

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246-v-34-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)--The U.S. military has put some troops in Europe on a heightened state of alert due to unrest in Libya. AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports from the Pentagon. (10 May 2013)

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221-a-07-(Patrick Ventrell, acting deputy State Department spokesman, at briefing)-"and still functioning"-Acting Deputy State Department Spokesman Patrick Ventrell says some non-emergency personnel have left Libya. (10 May 2013)

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