Last updateVen, 30 Jan 2015 5pm

Libyans mark 3rd anniversary of revolution

Tripoli, Libya - Libyans on Monday marked the third anniversary of an uprising that toppled former dictator Mouammar Gaddafi, despite the myriad of problems confronting them, including daily violence, insecurity and instability across the country.

PANA reported that thousands of Libyans, regardless of their social, economic and political status, spontaneously took to public places, including the Martyrs’ Squares in the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi (the cradle of the Revolution), to restate their attachment to the Revolution while showing their determination to cope with the difficulties in a bid to achieve the original aims of the 2011 uprising.

The festivities will continue over several days, featuring tributes to those who sacrificed their lives for the country.

Pictures of victims of the Revolution are on display in every available wall space as hundreds of car drivers drove through several districts across the country in celebrations.

As part of celebrations, Libyan Air Force planes were all over the place illuminating the skies with fireworks.

Addressing his compatriots, the Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, urged them to show the determination and make efforts to overcome their differences in a spirit of tolerance and love for the benefit their country which, he said, was in need of unity and strength to take up its challenges of security, development and prosperity.

He warned against the dangers posed by those who intend to 'hijack the revolution and its objectives'.

He disclosed that the National General Congress (Parliament) on Sunday approved the holding of early elections, in line with the views expressed by most Libyans who had opposed the extension of the term of the NGC which expired on 7 February.

Most Libyans have expressed the desire and optimism to see Libya take on a status worthy of its name.

On the violence across the country, they said the illegally-owned weapons circulating should be reclaimed by militiamen so that the authorities would devote time to developing the country 'in the spirit of the 17 February popular uprising that toppled Gaddafi'.

PANA recalls the recent development in Libya, especially the alleged coup plot by the ex-Army Chief, Gen. Khalifa Hafter, who declared the country’s Constitution suspended.

Despite the coup claims, Libyan streets remained calm with the citizens going about their normal businesses.

Pana 19/02/2014