“Armed men in trucks with anti-aircraft guns mounted on them surrounded the Libyan Foreign Ministry in Tripoli early Sunday and refused to allow ministry staff to enter the building, a ministry official said.
“Gunmen diverted traffic away from the ministry in central Tripoli as they continued the siege through the day.
In a news conference at the scene, protesters said they had a list of demands. Their main goal was to push the General National Congress to pass a proposed law that would ban Gadhafi-era officials from holding government posts.
“The political isolation law proposal has been a matter of contention among lawmakers for several months because it could push current senior officials out of office for serving under the former regime.
“The protesters said they chose the foreign ministry because it employs officials who continue to serve after the 2011 revolution that overthrew Moammar Gadhafi. Another one of their demands is to ‘cleanse’ the Foreign Ministry of former regime elements.”
I’m of two minds on this. On the one hand, they were Gadhafi loyalists, or at least selected by the Gadhafi regime.
On the other hand, it was a massive police state, many people were selected by Gadhafi. How would you like it if someone said “Thanks for your years of hard work, but because of that, you’re fired.”
There’s also the part where in order to recover from a civil war, reconstruction has to be done by those on both sides.
But, yeah, they’re still Gadhafi loyalists. Isn’t that a fireable offense?
Hard place, I got a boulder I’d like to introduce you to.