Libyans Protest Muslim Brotherhood, 1,000 Inmates Escape Benghazi Jail

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This story is still developing, but it’s clear that the chaos is continuing in Libya. There are Islamist militias on the ground, Muslim Brotherhood plots in politics and all the elements of an ongoing civil war in place.

More than 1,000 detainees escaped from a prison near the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in a massive jailbreak Saturday, as protesters stormed the offices of political parties in Libya’s main cities.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the jailbreak at the Koyfiya prison came as part of the protests or if inmates received outside help. Protesters had massed across the country angry over the killing of an activist critical of the country’s Muslim Brotherhood group.

There also was confusion initially about how many prisoners broke out, with numbers of escapees ranging as high as 1,200,

Benghazi’s security situation is among the most precarious in post-revolution Libya. Last year, the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an attack there.

Meanwhile Saturday, hundreds gathered in the capital Tripoli after dawn prayers, denouncing the Friday shooting death of Abdul-Salam Al-Musmari. They set fire to tires in the street and demanded the dissolution of Islamist parties.

“We don’t want the Brotherhood, we want the army and the police,” Libyan protesters chanted, repeating a slogan also used in Egypt. Libya’s nascent security forces are struggling to control the country’s militias, most of whom have roots in the rebel groups that overthrew Gadhafi in 2011.

Some protesters stormed the headquarters of a Brotherhood-affiliated political party and another Islamist-allied party in the capital, destroying furniture. Witnesses say a Brotherhood party office was also stormed in the eastern city of Benghazi.

So Obama’s plan to attack Libya, implement regime change and let anyone who wants to take over is working out well.

  • Texas Patriot

    Take it easy, Daniel. These are tough times for Barack Obama. His foreign policies have failed. His economic policies have failed. Obamacare is a disaster. And his education policies are non-existent. He should have resigned or at least refused to stand for re-election when he had the chance, but he didn’t. Now he has to reap what he has sown, and it is not a pretty picture. His only chance for redemption is to blow the Iranian nuclear weapons complex completely out of the ground, and I fully expect him to do that. What choice does he have really? Otherwise, I think we can expect Barack to do whatever the Saudis want him to in order to guarantee their continuing financial support for his presidential libraries, charities, etc. after he leaves office. Obviously Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter have given him the heads up about that, and it’s probably the only bright light he sees in a very long, dark, and dangerous tunnel ahead for himself and his family. So try not to be too hard on him. He’s already got enough trouble to deal with.

  • Veracious_one

    no doubt the escapees are armed by now…ready to resume their pious and murderous Islamic religious duty….