Libya’s Amazigh Berbers demand recognition

Hundreds of minority Amazigh Berbers took to the streets of the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday to demand official recognition for their community.

Crowds marched to the Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib’s office from Tripoli’s landmark Martyrs Square where they had gathered early on Sunday.

The Berbers want to be represented in the new cabinet and their rights and language, Tamazight, to be officially recognised.

“We didn’t call for something new here,” said Mazigh Buzakhar, an activist for the Anazigh community who was at the demonstration. We are just going to call for our basic human rights. Continue reading

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Deal to seal Tunisia’s new government

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