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Libya protests planned over power cuts, political deadlock

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Libyans angered by rising prices, chronic power cuts and political deadlock planned further demonstrations Monday after a night of angry protests across the capital.

Masked youths set alight car tyres and blocked roads including a major coastal highway between central Tripoli and its western suburbs, but security forces did not intervene.

Videos carried by local media also showed demonstrations in Beni Walid and the port city of Misrata.

A youth movement calling itself "Beltress" said further protests were planned in Tripoli's Martyr's Square at 4:00 PM local time (1400 GMT).

The movement demands elections and the dissolution of both the country's rival governments and their two houses of parliament.


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