Libyan Prime Minister blames protestors and militias for recent violence
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zidan has blamed both the protesters and militiamen for violence that has killed at least 22 people, saying that the protesters were armed.
Zidan spoke late Friday, hours after Libyan militiamen attacked protesters who demanded the disbanding of the country's rampant armed groups.
Zidan said the protesters carried weapons. HEsam Mohamede said: "You can't open fire at people who are exchanging fire."
Witnesses there said they saw no weapons among the protesters.
Zidan also said that after the government gave permission to protesters to hold their demonstrations in front of a mosque in Tripoli, protesters instead marched to the headquarters of the militia group.
The militiamen used heavy machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades on the protesters.