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As a reminder: February 17, 2011

The protests, unrest and confrontations in Lybia began in earnest on February 15, 2011. 
On the evening of 15 February, between 500 and 600 demonstrators protested in front of Benghazi’s police headquarters.
Crowds were armed with petrol bombs and threw stones. 
Marchers hurled Molotov cocktails in a downtown square in Benghazi, damaging cars, blocking roads, and hurling rocks. Police responded to crowds with tear gas, water cannon, and rubber bullets. 38 people were injured, among them ten security personnel.
In Bayda and Zintan, hundreds of protesters in each town called for an end to the Gaddafi government and set fire to police and security buildings. The armed protests continued the following day in Benghazi, Derna and Bayda.
A “Day of Rage” in Libya and by Libyans in exile was planned for February 17, 2011.
The National Conference for the Libyan Opposition asked that all groups opposed to the Gaddafi government protest on 17 February in memory of demonstrations in Benghazi five years earlier.
In Tripoli, television and public radio stations had been sacked, and protesters set fire to security buildings, Revolutionary Committee offices, the interior ministry building, and the People’s Hall.
Western media presented a very one-sided view of the logic of events, portraying the protest movement as entirely peaceful and repeatedly suggesting that the government’s security forces were unaccountably massacring unarmed demonstrators who presented no security challenge”.
On February 18, 2011, police and army personnel later withdrew from Benghazi after being overwhelmed by protesters.
The United Nations Security Council passed an initial resolution on February 26, 2011, freezing the assets of Gaddafi and his inner circle and restricting their travel, and referred the matter to the International Criminal Court ‘for investigation’.

Photo: February 17, 2011 – President Barack Obama joins a toast with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and other technology executives at a dinner in Woodside, California.
The “Day of Rage” in Libya and by Libyans in exile was planned for February 17, 2011...

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