Armed men seize Libya's Justice Ministry
Remains of the building of a defense ministry brigade bombed by residents in Benghazi, Libya on Monday.
April 30th, 2013
08:31 AM ET

Armed men seize Libya's Justice Ministry

Armed men in trucks with anti-aircraft guns mounted on them occupied the Libyan Justice Ministry in Tripoli on Tuesday, forcing ministry staff to leave, Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said.

The militants consisted of 20 to 30 armed men in military fatigues, according to al-Marghani, who said he tried to talk to the men before fleeing.

This comes as the nation's Foreign Ministry remains under siege for a third straight day.

The armed protesters have said their main goal was to push the General National Congress to pass a proposed law that would ban Gadhafi-era officials from holding government posts.


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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Oh my goodness, armed men in trucks with anti-aircraft guns mounted on them...dressed in army fatigues...that sounds rather like an army, doesn't it? It's a good thing that watch-dog groups pointed out that this peaceful protest was a bit over the top.
    Do you think that the citizens of Libya fully appreciate all we have done for them–from America, I mean? Isn't Libya where Benghazi is?

    April 30, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Is there any way that one could have anticipated this spontaneous protest? Have they been watching movies or something?

    April 30, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    There isn't a Live Events blog today, so this will have to do:
    Happy Birthday, my darling Victoria! Mama D loves you! XOXO

    April 30, 2013 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      And Papa bobcat seconds that.

      April 30, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      It is proven that the celebration of birthdays is healthy. Statistics show that those people who celebrate the most birthdays become the oldest. - S. den Hartog, Ph D. Thesis Universtity of Groningen.

      April 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      It is proven that the celebration of birthdays is healthy. Statistics show that those people who celebrate the most birthdays become the oldest. - S. den Hartog, Ph D. Thesis University of Groningen.

      April 30, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Bubba had long heard the stories of an amazing 21st Birthday family tradition. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather had all been able to walk on water on their 21st birthday. On that special day, they'd each walked across the lake to the bar on the far side for their first legal drink. So when Bubba's 21st birthday came around, he and his mate Jim Bob took a boat out to the middle of the lake, Bubba stepped out of the boat, and nearly drowned! Jim Bob just barely managed to pull him to safety. Furious and confused, Bubba went to see his grandmother. "Grandma," he said, 'it's my 21st birthday, so why can't I walk across the lake like my father, his father, and his father before him?" Granny looked deeply into Bubba's troubled eyes and answered, "Because your father, your grandfather, and your great-grandfather were born in January,when the lake is frozen, and you were born in July.

      April 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @banasy and @bobcat, LOL and thank you on T;s behalf. She is at school but I will make sure she checks this blog when she gets home.

      April 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jj

    Is it any wonder that people from the Obama admin are threatening "whistle blowers" with retaliation if they tell the truth on the whole Benghazi affair? No. No wonder at all.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jay jay

    Is it any wonder that the current admin is threatening "whistle blowers" over the Benghazi affair? No. The truth shall set you free! Wee!

    April 30, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Victoria

      @banasy and @bobcat(in a hat); I am swooping up all of the love and good wishes as I turn 21. Thank you for everything, I love you both too. @dazzle, I can't wait to eat this cake and see you when you get back home.

      April 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO

    They can insist that former Gadhafi government people never be allowed in government again if they like, but some of them may have just been harmless bureaucrats. They are also the only people who know how to do a lot of the day-to-day duties of government.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Yaj yaj

    Is there any wonder about a family from Russia collecting more than a hundred thousand dollars in assistance programs all the while plotting to kill us? And morons on here claim there is no problem with welfare in America. Can we say ignorance is bliss?

    April 30, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. trepuR

    I eerga, Yaj Yaj.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Legacy of NATO war in Libya. The consequences "wise men" couldn't see or did not want to see in their haste to remove Ghaddafi.
    Aiding and abetting Al-Qaeda where we want is both foolish & criminal.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Now the 'suspicion' of use of small amounts of sirin in Syria, by whom is unknown & the 'crossing red line' is being drummed up to stage a similar folly in Syria.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Syrian 'implosion' another folly the consequences of which the world would have to bear for decades.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    In desperation and acting in proxy as we always do, the suspicion of use of small amounts of sarin in Syria is now being drummed up to intervene similarly.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Good grief! Joey, are you a fan of Sarah Palain? You must be a part of the Tea Party movement. And why would they appreciate anything we've done? The U.S. military has been a bully for too long.Those Washington thugs got to go. It's as simple as that!

    April 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    Libya: Peanuts and a prize. That's- what -you- get- in- Libyjack.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Lol @ bobcat, ive often told my daughters that i also walked on water...when it was froze. Theyve told me back...yep we know, and you catch the biggest fish too! Lol

    April 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
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