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    in new government as well as failure to pay salaries.

    Angry fighters besiege Libyan national assembly
    November 02, 2012

    TRIPOLI (AFP) - Nearly 100 Libyan fighters backed by artillery kept the national assembly under siege Thursday in protest at the new premier’s cabinet lineup and alleged links of some ministers to Moammar Gaddafi’s regime.
    Activists Bashir Rajab said he had come armed with a formal letter of complaint because “people who were with Gaddafi and participated in promoting his green book (manifesto) need to be isolated from the political process.”

    Tempers flew high with some fighters threatening and shoving the press.

    An old woman pleaded: “Please calm down, we want the country to move on.” Many of the gunmen redirecting traffic away from the assembly also complained there were no former rebels in the new government and that their salaries had not been paid.

    “It’s been seven months since I was paid. These people are stealing our money,” charged the commander of a brigade from Misrata who declined to be named. Gunmen were also present at the Rixos hotel, streaming in casually and passing their pistols through the metal detectors. Some of them, dressed in suits, said they had come to negotiate and submit their demands.

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