27 killed in Libya protests   2011-02-19 05:42:44 FeedbackPrintRSS

TRIPOLI, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- At least 20 people in Libya's second largest city of Benghazi and seven in Derna in eastern Libya were killed in anti-government protests, Oea newspaper reported on its website Friday.

The bodies of the protesters in Benghazi were found Friday morning, it said. The protest, which broke out on Wednesday, demands the government to give more civil rights to the people.

The protesters chanted slogans such as "we want constitution," "Dialogue but no killing," and "No corruption," the report said.

The protesters also called on the government not to use real bullets against protesters and keep people's legal right of demonstration, while gunshot was heard in different areas in Benghazi, according to the website.

About 1,000 prisoners have escaped from a prison in Benghazi. " There has been a mutiny at the Al Kuifiya prison, which led to the escape of a large number of prisoners," Ramadhna Briki, editor in chief of Libyan newspaper Quryna, was quoted by Tunisian official news agency TAP as saying.

Libya's anti-government protesters also hanged two policemen Friday, and a police station was set on fire in the eastern city of Al-Baida, Oea newspaper's website said.


Two policemen hanged in Libya protests

TRIPOLI, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Libya's anti-government protesters hanged two policemen in the eastern city of Al-Baida, Oea newspaper reported Friday on its website.

The two policemen who were trying to disperse protesters that swept the city on Wednesday were hanged after protesters managed to hold them, Oea newspaper reported on its website. Full story

Unrest continues in Middle East, North Africa

CAIRO, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Another protester was killed and some 50 others were injured in Yemen on Thursday as street protests and unrest continued in countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Thousands of anti-government protesters, who wanted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to follow Egypt's Hosni Mubarak to step down, clashed with police in Yemen's capital of Sanaa and southern port city of Aden on Thursday. Full story

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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