Tripoli: Berbers protest outside Libyan PM's office

November 27, 2011 16:25


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TRIPOLI - Several hundred people from one of Libya's biggest ethnic minority groups pushed their way to the doors of the Libyan prime minister's office on Sunday to press their demands for greater representation.

The Amazigh, or Berber, people are seeking recognition of their language and culture now that Muammar Gaddafi's repressive rule is over, and their demands are causing tensions with the Arab majority.

The dispute is one of dozens in Libyan society that have come to the fore since Gaddafi was ousted and are making it difficult for the country's new leaders to govern.

Protesters, many of them waving the yellow, blue and green Amazigh flag, shoved their way past security guards into the car park in front of the building housing the offices of interim Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib.

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