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Zintan brigade controls Tripoli international airport

03-01-2012 07:25 BJT

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Days after Libyans celebrated a year since the start of the revolt that led to the fall of former leader Muammar Ghadafi, several key institutions in Libya are under the control of various armed brigades. The busy Tripoli International airport is controlled by the Zintan brigade. And by the look of things, they are not about to leave any time soon. Reports say they are not happy with the NTC and a government proposal to have them join the National Army and Police. Kofa Mren-je spoke to the deputy commander of the brigade Ali Koba and filed this report.

Planes take off and land at the Tripoli International Airport. Everything seems to be running smoothly as passengers check in and board for various destinations. But inside this same airport, is a brigade that has refused to let go of control of this key institution in Libya since they took control of it soon after the fall of Ghadafi in October last year. And they have a reason.

Ali Koba, deputy commander of Zintan brigade said: "Why are you forcing the revolutionaries on only two options? We are basically a civilian country, but you want to recruit all the revolutionaries into the army or police. It’s like making the country a military country. It’s dictatorial to do such a thing."

They are not happy with a proposal by the national Transitional Council, to have members of the brigades join the National Army and the Police. They want more, as they say that’s not what the revolution was all about.

Ali Koba said: "Some want to study abroad. Others are engineers, doctors and all other professions. Why are you giving them just two options? This looks like an external agenda. They want to steal from the country."

The NTC is fully aware of the presence of the Zintans at the airport. And although operations have gone back to normal now and employees fully back to their duties, they maintain they are here for security purposes, and have no plans of leaving any time soon.

Ali Koba said: "If the government does not respond to the needs of the revolutionaries, and we know they have a lot of money, and the income of the country very well, it will be a problem. That’s why we want a good decision from them. Otherwise it will be government after government and nothing will change."

They have tasted the power of the gun. And are using the same power, to demand for what they want. Pressure has been mounting for the NTC and the interim government, to mop up the millions of weapons that are still in the hands of civilians, months after the fall of Ghadafi.

Reporter: "Many revolutionaries say what they want is totally different from what the NTC is offering them. Joining the National Army and the police should not be the only options for them. Now they want the NTC to go back to the drawing board, and come up with better solutions that will leave everyone happy. "



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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