Revolution veterans hold protest against government in Tripoli
[Iran Press TV] Libyan veterans of last year's revolution, which ousted dictator Muammar Qadaffy
...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest...
, have once again gathered outside the Zawiya Oil Refining Company in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of thich is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
to protest against the government, calling on authorities to send them abroad for medical treatment.

According to reports, a large crowd of maimed veterans attended the demonstration on Thursday.

The protesters also forced Zawiya's officials to shut down operations at the refinery.

"We are in a state of total shutdown...the demonstrators are preventing employees from entering the refinery and fuel trucks are unable to leave," said refinery front man Essam al-Muntasir.

"Many of them (the veterans) want the government to send them abroad to receive treatment or they want to get more money from the government as compensation for their efforts," he noted.

On November 5, a similar protest was held in the same region where angry veterans prevented the employees from entering the company.

According to Libya's Deputy Oil Minister Omar Shakmak, the protest outside the refinery can cause fuel shortage in the North African country.

"We have enough fuel stored in Tripoli to last us 25 days, but the problem is that protesters are not allowing trucks in or out of the fuel storage areas of the refinery, which could cause a shortage," he said.

Posted by: Fred 2012-11-30