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VI Benghazi

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This chapter highlights that the history of Benghazi created the social conditions that allowed the city to become the political epicenter of the uprising and the location of the transitional government. One of the most important consequences of the capture of Benghazi was that it provided the thuwar with a secure and protected area to regroup and organize. Instability spread in Benghazi as national authorities were unable to satisfy the demands of the local population. The power and influence of non-state armed actors remained a prominent issue of concern in Benghazi, and local residents voiced frustrations over the government's inability to disarm the former thuwar groups. They also targeted sub-Saharan Africans, based on their perceived support for the Qadhafi regime. The chapter includes several illustrations of the excessive use of force, unlawful killing, arbitrary detentions, use of prohibited weapons and enforced disappearances by Qhadafi and thuwar forces on Benghazi protestors.

Keywords:arbitrary detentions; Benghazi; prohibited weapons; Qadhafi forces; Sub-Saharan Africans; thuwar forces



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