The Straits Times
Published on Oct 23, 2012

Libya marks 1st 'liberation' anniversary amid tension


TRIPOLI (AFP) - Libya on Tuesday celebrates the first anniversary of its "liberation" from the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, even as fighting flared in a former bastion of the slain dictator.

On Oct 23, 2011, just three days after Gaddafi was captured and killed in his hometown Sirte, the transitional authorities declared the country's liberation, formally ceasing hostilities.

The new leaders did not announce any specific programme to mark the anniversary, which is a public holiday, but rallies were expected in Tripoli and Benghazi, the cradle of the revolt that toppled Gaddafi.

Cars cloaked with the national flag circulated from the early morning in the capital, their speakers pumping out patriotic songs at full volume.