GNA’s Interior Ministry denies responsibility for shooting protesters, blames “infiltrators”

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The Interior Ministry of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) denied that the gunmen who opened fire on protesters in the capital yesterday are among its security services.

In a statement released on Monday, the GNA ministry accused “infiltrated individuals” of shooting protesters in order to “create a crisis and new chaos” in the capital.

The ministry that security service identified those individuals and issued warrants for their arrests, stressing that they are not police officers nor do they have any affiliation with the ministry.

The ministry said that it opened a criminal investigation into the incident and promised to release the investigation’s findings.

The ministry stressed that it supports the people’s right to peaceful protest and said it did everything it could to protect the protesters.

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Tripoli yesterday to protest against GNA corruption and deteriorating living conditions. Protesters marched to the headquarters of GNA to voice anger over what they called a “slow death” due to collapsing public services, corruption and economic pressures, before heading to central Tripoli’s Martyrs Square, where they were scattered by gunfire.