Revolution anniversary Libya - Libyans on Sunday marked the second anniversary of the popular uprising of 17 February 2011 that ended the more than 40-year reign of Col. Muammar Kadahfi.
The commemorative activities started on Friday with a flyover by the Libyan Air Force, explosions of firecrackers and the rendition songs praising the revolution.
The anniversary celebrations ended Sunday at the Martyrs Square in Tripoli and the Tahrir Square in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city considered to be the cradle of the popular uprising.
All festivities were held peacefully, as the authorities took drastic security measures following threats of destabilisation by the old regime’s supporters, among others.
At the celebrations, Mohamed Al-Mégreyef, head of General National Congress, Libya's highest authority, paid tribute to the martyrs of the revolution.
He urged his compatriots to confront attempts by the old regime’s supporters to destabilise the country.
'Everyone knows that there are groups working to extinguish the flame of the revolution. They behave as if the revolution had never taken place,' said Mr. Al-Mégréyef, citing as examples the release without trial of high-ranking officials of the former regime, the appointment of some of them to head diplomatic missions and the marginalization of former rebels.