Protesters storm Libya Parliament building and set fire

Protesters have invaded Libyas parliament building in the eastern city of Tobruk. Fire has been set in and around the building.

The North African country is politically divided into two. The protesters are furious about the political impasse, corruption and poor living conditions. People have also taken to the streets in capital Tripoli.

An eyewitness tells AP news agency that thousands of protesters went to parliament. They demanded the resignation of politicians and want new elections. Libyan media reports destruction in the building. For example, documents would have been set on fire.

Outside the building, vehicles and car tires were on fire. Thick clouds of smoke can be seen in the surrounding area. According to the eyewitness, security forces tried to prevent people from entering the building. A protester was said to have been shot in the leg after which other protesters made their way in.

Because Friday is the first day of the weekend in Libya, it is expected that not many people were present in the building. For the time being, nothing is known about victims.

Interim Prime Minister Dbeibah says he stands behind the protesters. He demands that all political institutions resign, including his own government, and that new elections be held.

Protests elsewhere as well

People also took to the streets in other parts of Libya to protest, including in the capital Tripoli and Benghazi. Since a NATO-backed uprising in 2011, the country has been in chaos. In that rebellion, dictator Qadhafi was expelled and later killed.

Since then, the country has split politically into two rival factions. One is in eastern Tobruk and the other in the capital. Both claim political power. Two years ago, a peace process began, but that has not been successful until now.