On Tuesday, August 25, hundreds of Libyans protested in central Tripoli for a third consecutive day, voicing anger against corruption and living conditions. The demonstrators marched through the city, converging in Martyrs' Square amid a heavy security presence. Unconfirmed social media reports indicate that armed men opened fire on the crowd in an attempt to disperse them, injuring at least one protester. Protests in front of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj's house were also reported. Protesters allegedly demanded the departure of the Government of National Accord (GNA), as well as denouncing the absence of basic services such as water and electricity.
The continued protests come despite the GNA promising to make ministerial reshuffles on Monday, August 24, with al-Sarraj declaring an emergency in order to form a government of crisis.
Further protests are likely to continue in the coming days. A heightened security presence with associated localized disruptions should be anticipated in the vicinity of gatherings.
The anti-government protests have been mainly organized by youth civil society groups. Large demonstrations against poor living conditions also occurred in Zawiyah on Friday, August 21, and Saturday, August 22. Past protests have been dispersed by militia and security forces with live ammunition. At least two people have been injured so far.
Those in Libya are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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