Armed groups surround Libyan Justice Ministry
A second Libyan ministry - this time Justice - came under blockade Tuesday as armed groups continue to call for a purge of officials linked to the regime of former ruler Moamer Gaddafi, dpa reported.
The heavily armed protesters prevented staff from entering as they pressed their demand that Libya's parliament pass a new law banning those linked to the former regime from official positions. They also want ambassadors who served under Gaddafi to be sacked.
The Foreign Ministry has been under blockade since Sunday.
The National Congress, Libya's parliament, postponed its sessions in response to the blockade of the Foreign Ministry. It is expected to debate the Political Isolation Law demanded by the revolutionaries in coming days.
The new action by revolutionary militiamen comes despite a warning from Prime Minister Ali Zidan that the government would consider using force in response to armed protests.
"The state is trying not to get involved in any confrontations, but it might be forced to, and the day may come when it confronts violence with force," Zidan said in a press conference conducted on Sunday but broadcast Monday on state television.
The prime minister also revealed that gunmen had been prevented from storming the Interior Ministry and the state news agency on Sunday.