Scott: It’s now been more than 18 months since Libyans kicked the dictator Moammar Gadhafi out of power. Since then, the African nation has been struggling to organize a new government. And in some towns armed groups have been taking over. But in the city of Benghazi, Libyans have had enough.
It started as a simple protest to send a message to the armed groups who control the city and those believed responsible for attacking America’s consulate killing ambassador Chris Stevens. Things remained peaceful until after dark. That’s when core groups of protestors decided to enforce their message. They stormed four militia bases throughout the city, forcing the armed men out.
Near midnight, hundreds of armed citizens got in cars and drove to a larger base on the edge of town… where things got worse. Facing such overwhelming opposition, the militia fighters scattered into the night. At least eleven people were killed and dozens more injured. Despite the casualties, the people of Benghazi seem to be celebrating a triumph.
Citizen of Libya: Very happy – me, and all the citizens in Benghazi. We are all very happy…very, very, very happy.
Scott: But this may not yet be a total victory. Some are waiting for the militants to regroup and try to make a comeback.
Scott Evans, Channel One News.
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- What has happened in Libya since the overthrow of Gadhafi?
- How have the protestors in Libya taken matters into their own hands?
- Why is it too early to celebrate a victory in Benghazi?