At least two people have been killed and more than forty others injured during clashes between security forces and pro-democracy protesters in Libya as the country braces for “Day of Anger.”
Protests broke out in the city of Benghazi on Tuesday night following the detention of a human rights activist who was an outspoken opponent of Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, the state-funded BBC reported.
Security forces fired tear gas and used water cannons to break up the demonstrations and arrested scores of opposition supporters.
At least 40 people were wounded during clashes between supporters of Gaddafi and pro-democracy protesters, the medics said.
Libyans, who have been emboldened by recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt that unseated two authoritarian regimes, vowed to continue rallies on Thursday called the “Day of Anger.”