Libya marks first anniversary since uprising

Government beefs up security forces, as citizens crowded the streets to light the "Torch of Freedom" and celebrate ousting of former leader Gaddafi.

February 17, 2012 10:37
Girl waves a Libyan independence flag

Girl waves a Libyan independence flag 390 . (photo credit: REUTERS)

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI - Libyans took to the streets on Friday to celebrate the first anniversary of the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.

Flag-waving crowds converging on Martyrs Square in the capital Tripoli or Freedom Square in Benghazi, cradle of the revolt, had to negotiate extra checkpoints set up to stop Gaddafi loyalists from disrupting festivities.

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Spontaneous celebrations began on Thursday night when men, women and children emerged on the streets of Tripoli, Benghazi and other towns waving the red, black and green flags of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) and chanting.

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