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Libyan rights activist attacked after interview with Al Arabiya

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Libyan human rights activist Abdulsalam Al-Mesmari was reportedly attacked by anonymous individuals after his interview with Al Arabiya last week, the channel’s Libya correspondent reported Friday.

The activist, who appeared on Al Arabiya’s program “Panorama” on Wednesday, criticized armed groups who had besieged Libyan ministries during the week.

Mesmari said the groups were attacking a “legitimate government.”

In the interview, Mesmari criticized political movements who he said used armed gangs to surround official administration buildings to impose pressure on the government.

Mesmari claimed that these parties failed at achieving their demands through Libya’s National Congress and other democratic tools, referring to the fact this may be the reason why they resorted to armed gangs.

Meanwhile, civil establishments in Libya have organized peaceful demonstrations in Tripoli and other Libyan cities to condemn the recent encircling of governmental institutions by armed groups.

The demonstrators chanted slogans that called for the application of law and condemned poor state security.