Families of Libya’s missing lead backlash against militias

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) The face of a young man looks out from billboards across Benghazi. mother cry. If my son is guilty, bring him to justice. If he is innocent, let him go, says the caption, which ends with a phone number.

A demonstrator holds a poster depicting Firas Ali al Warfalli, 21, a captive by the February uk canada goose 17 Brigade, during a protest against armed militias in Benghazi September, 22, 2012. The February 17 canada goose coats Brigade, named for the start date of the revolution that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi last year, is one of the largest and canada goose most heavily armed of the militia groups that still prowl Libya a year after the civil war ended. Picture taken September 22, 2012.

The brigade, named for the start date of the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, is one of the largest and buy canada goose jacket most heavily armed militias prowling Libya a year after the civil war ended. Most operate with the permission of the weak central government. They answer to their own leaders and maintain their own jails. consulate.

Canada Goose Jackets Ansaf Ibrahim says a few people have called in response to the billboards but so far they have not been able to help, offering only sympathy. person called to say his own mother fell sick with grief when she saw the billboards.

The militia say their Canada Goose Outlet powers to arrest and detain people are vital to protect a country where the police and security forces are too weak to maintain order.

February 17 says it has turned the two Canada Goose Jackets al Warfalli prisoners over to the military police. A member of the brigade High Security Committee said Ali Muftag, the father, was held on suspicion of having ties to Gaddafi loyalists in Egypt and Firas on suspicion of links to canada goose black friday sale militants canada goose uk outlet who set off bombs in Tripoli.

canada goose coats on sale Ansaf Ibrahim says both men are innocent.

canada goose deals She believes her son was taken in just because he was at home when the militia arrived to arrest her husband, who was a student in Britain in the 1980s when pro Gaddafi students inside the Libyan embassy were blamed for shooting a policewoman.

Canada Goose sale they think the father has done, that doesn mean my son has done something too. If you want the father, you do not have to take the son in this horrible, frightening and savage way, she said.

canada goose PULLED OFF STREET AFTER SPEAKING OUT Activists who speak out against the detentions say they frequently become targets too.

canada goose clearance Journalist Sherifa al Senoussi al Fsay, who has criticized militia abductions in television broadcasts, was pulled off the street in May after leaving the home of a detainee family. A car pulled up and armed men jumped out.

canada goose clearance sale took my bag and searched it. They saw my journalist ID. I was yelling, saying I was a journalist, she recalled.

Libyan journalist Sherifa al Senoussi al Fsay talks during an interview with Reuters in canada goose uk shop Benghazi September, 25, 2012. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

canadian goose jacket was trying to make them stop. One of them grabbed my veil. They tried to haul me away. I wriggled free and ran to a building. I tried to ask for help but one of the men grabbed me and dragged me across the ground. They took cheap Canada Goose me to the car, threw me canada goose clearance sale inside and beat me.

cheap Canada Goose She says she was driven to a deserted spot and bundled into another car with another group of armed men, who also hit her.

buy canada goose jacket cheap Finally, Canada Goose online she was delivered to a police station in cheap canada goose uk central Benghazi. Activists demonstrated outside to demand her release and, after two days, a sympathetic militia leader sent armed canada goose coats on sale men into the police station to free her.

Four months later, al Fsay still does not dare say which of the hundreds of armed groups she blames for having captured her, fearful they will retaliate.

Canada Goose online The government says it is taking steps to rein in canada goose uk black friday the militia. Those that operate without government permission are being dissolved, while those that have government permission are being incorporated into the canada goose clearance regular army chain of command.

canada goose black www.canadagooseoutletstore.co.uk friday sale The government said buy canada goose jacket cheap on Canada Goose Online Monday it was replacing the civilian leaders of February 17 and another powerful Benghazi militia that operates its own jail, Rafallah al Sahati. The leaders of the two militias, among the most Canada Goose Parka powerful men in the country, uk canada goose outlet are to be replaced with uniformed army colonels, putting their forces fully under the army chain of command.

Ismail al Sallabi, the civilian leader of Rafallah al Sahati, told Reuters on Wednesday that his group maintains no jail of its own and never seizes people without warrants from prosecutors. He defended the arrests by February 17 in the al Warfalli case, saying evidence showed both the father and canada goose factory sale the son had contacts with Gaddafi supporters.

canada goose coats guy was heavily involved in political crimes, he said. mean not just the father, the son.

see how they have all these billboards showing this handsome young man? How come they never mention his father? he said.

canada goose store The billboard pictures of canada goose store https://www.canadagooseoutletstore.co.uk Firas al Warfalli stared down as thousands of Libyans demonstrated over the weekend against militias on a march known as Benghazi Day

The protesters seized bases of the Islamist militia Ansar al Sharia, which did not have government permission and which Washington suspects of having canadian goose jacket had some kind of connection to the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Canada Goose Outlet The demonstrators then marched on the heavily fortified compound of Rafallah al Sahati, one of the biggest militias that operate with government approval. The protesters looted the compound and freed prisoners.

buy canada goose jacket At the al Warfalli house, Firas 10 year old brother comes into the room where his mother is meeting journalists, poses for a snapshot and scampers out. little son has a new game he plays, Canada Goose Coats On Sale his mother says, imitating a small boy pretending to fire a machine gun. says: going to kill February 17 and get my Canada Goose sale father back for us.

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