Protesters, Police Clash In Libya
MICHELE NORRIS, Host:
The BBC's Jon Leyne is covering events in Libya from Cairo. And he explains one motivation behind the protests in Benghazi.
JON LEYNE: Now, that was then followed today by a series of pro-government protests I guess the opposition would strongly suspect was staged by the government in various cities across Libya, which were put on state TV as obviously a way of trying to illustrate the loyalty, state TV would say, that people had for Colonel Gaddafi. So it wasn't a huge demonstration, but it was, obviously in the current climate. Some of them might unnerve the Libyan authorities.
NORRIS: Muammar al-Gaddafi has ruled Libya since 1969, more than 40 years. And according to the BBC's Jon Leyne, Benghazi is the city where the largest contingent of anti-government voices can be found.
LEYNE: There's been very little unrest there at all, of course, because of the very harsh rule of Colonel Gaddafi. But if you were to expect unrest first, that would be the place to go for Benghazi. The test, really, I think is going to be now whether this spreads to other cities. There had already been anti-government protests called for on Facebook for tomorrow, Thursday. So we'll have to see whether those calls are heeded and whether there really is a threat to the government, to the regime of Colonel Gaddafi.
NORRIS: That was Jon Leyne of the BBC.
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