Political Unrest Spreads to Libya

Libya's Brother Leader Muammar Qaddafi got a taste of the region-wide popular uprisings Tuesday night, after the government there arrested a prominent human rights activist setting off protests in the country's second-largest city, Benghazi. The BBC reports that around 2,000 people took to the streets and threw rocks and molotov cocktails at police, who responded with rubber bullets, teargas and water cannon. "Last night was a bad night," one resident told Reuters.

The government today organized a pro-Qaddafi rally in Tripoli, which was also used as an opportunity to attack Al Jazeera. Qaddafi is scheduled to make an appearance today at the opening of a new soccer stadium, and the BBC reports that Qaddafi has said he might even join the anti-government protests tomorrow. That's one way to co-opt a growing movement!

Smaller protests took place in several Libyan towns during the revolt in Tunisia, but they never managed to materialize into larger, more organized protests. More anti-government demonstrations are planned for tomorrow.

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