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Libya tightens security

02-20-2012 17:09 BJT

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The dust may have settled from the celebrations marking the first anniversary of the revolution in Libya which led to the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. But many Libyans remain on high alert, following a statement last week by Gaddafi’s third son Saadi that he’s planning a revolt against the current regime. He made the statement from Niger, where he’s currently in exile. Ever since, security has been tightened in several cities across Libya with checkpoints on almost every street. CCTV’s Kofa Mrenje spent some time at one of the checkpoints with a brigade in the Capital Tripoli, and brings us this story.

These heavy machine guns had been banned from the streets immediately after the fall of Muamar Ghadafi in October last year. But now they are back in almost every street in all major cities across Libya, as brigades that control various parts of the cities put up checkpoints, to enhance security. A statement made via a television interview last week by Saadi Ghadafi, one of Muamar Ghadafi’s sons who is now exiled in Niger seems to have sent shivers down the spines of many Libyans.

Rida El Swekh, Commander of Tripoli Security Brigade said: "This enhanced security as you see, is as a result of the rumors that are spreading, about plans of another revolution against the current regime".

Rida El Swekh, is the commander of the Tripoli Security brigade, that is responsible of this checkpoint, which is just one of many other checkpoints in the capital Tripoli. Here, everyone is on the lookout. Vehicles thoroughly screened and searched. Drivers and passengers must identify themselves, and their identification papers closely scrutinized. They are not taking any chances.

Rida El Swekh said: "There father took over power through a military coup in 1969. That is why we are a little bit scared afraid that some people may be used to cause farces in Libya, and this might touch our revolutionaries. That’s why we are enhancing security".

Saadi Ghadafi, who spoke on one of the local TV channels from Niger, claims they still have strong supporters in the Libya, including some members of the National Transitional Council and the interim government. And therefore claims a revolt against the current regime is very possible. Although there has not been official communication from the NTC or the interim government over the threat, most of the brigades have taken it upon themselves to beef up security in the towns. Doing security rounds on the lookout for any suspicious characters. Reports also indicate that a group of Ghadafi’s former close allies who are now living outside Libya, are trying to regroup, ready to take on the NTC and the interim government.

Reporter: “The brigades in various cities across Libya, are not taking Saadi Ghadafi’s sentiments lightly, that they might start a revolt against the National transitional Council and the interim government, as he claims to have supporters in the NTC and the interim government. But more so, they say they are doing this to enhance security to the people of Libya.”


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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