February 17, 2013
Libyans Celebrate Uprising's 2nd Anniversary
Thousands of Libyans took to the streets Sunday to celebrate the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
Libyan National Congress leader Mohammed Magarief addressed flag-waving crowds in the North African nation's second city, Benghazi, where he urged his countrymen to "join ranks and resolve our differences to build our nation."
The country has been roiled by instability and violence since the ouster of Gadhafi's government in late 2011. Benghazi has been among the worst-hit parts of the country, falling prey to armed militiamen and Islamist extremists.
Many residents in the city are unhappy that the current government has yet to disarm the militias or write a new constitution.
In the capital, Tripoli, thousands gathered in the main square in celebration. Security was deployed, but the mood was relaxed. In some neighborhoods, camels were slaughtered and displayed on the street for the occasion. Youths banged drums on top of cars while men in traditional clothing rode on horses.