Libyan authorities trying to crush Tripoli protests

February 22, 2011 10:46 am 

CAIRO, February 21 — Libyan authorities have launched a large-scale operation to disperse demonstrators in the capital, Tripoli, Al Jazeera TV reported.

The channel also reported that military aviation is being used against protestors demanding that longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi step down and that telephone communications are disrupted in the capital.

Libyan state television reports that organized "subversive" groups are behind the unrest and is urging people to cooperate with security forces and the police.

Reports from Libya suggest that over 200 people have been killed by government forces since protests against Gaddafi began last week. Unrest started in the west of the country, but has now spread to the capital. (PNA/RIA Novosti)

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