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Libyans Continue protests over corruption, poor services

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Libyans have continued their protest at Tripoli over corruption and deteriorating public services.

For the third consecutive day, the demonstrators, who included mostly young people, marched in the capital and converged on Martyrs’ Square in their hundreds.

They disclosed their concerns are in the areas such as shortages of power, water and fuel, and demand that corrupt officials be put on trial.

“We’re here to protest against corruption … to fight for our rights and lack of government services,” said 32-year-old Amar Jamil, a demonstrator in Misrata. “We don’t have anything,” the father of two told Al Jazeera.

“Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of millions were spent by the government but people who are sick don’t have a place to be treated. People are dying because the money was stolen.” 

The war-wracked North African country and a major oil producer, Libya has been mired in chaos since the 2011 overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi. The country has since been divided into two rival camps that are based in the country’s east and west – and that in recent years have been vying for power.

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