Refinery protest causes petrol shortage in Libyan capital

By REUTERS
November 5, 2012 11:57

TRIPOLI - Protests outside western Libya's main oil refinery shut down operations for a second day on Monday, causing long queues at petrol stations in the capital Tripoli, a refinery spokesman said.

Essam al-Muntasir of the Zawiya Oil Refining Company said many wounded veterans of the war which ousted Muammar Gaddafi last year were demonstrating in front of the refinery.

"They are not allowing the employees to enter the company and not allowing our tankers to leave," he told Reuters.

"They say they haven't received adequate compensation and feel the government hasn't given them their full rights."

He would not say if the protesters were armed.


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