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Libyans storm parliament to call for violence halt

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Hundreds of protesters, reportedly as many as 500, have stormed into the grounds of the Libyan parliament to demand an end to the fighting taking place in a former Colonel Gaddafi-stronghold. The unarmed group are said to largely originate from Bani Walid, where the escalating violence has been taking place, which has claimed the lives of at least 22 people with a further 200 wounded. Hundreds have also fled from the town in recent days. The campaigners are calling for an end to the ongoing fighting, which is said to be between government-backed militias and Colonel Gaddafi-loyalists. Part of Libya's legacy in the post-Gaddafi era are the militia groups which still control large parts of the country. After the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi in September, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans including US ambassador Chris Stevens, thousands took to the streets demanding the militias be dismantled. In response the government is now incorporating militia groups into the army in a bid to create peace. But although militia groups are handing in their weapons, many remain concerned that the freedom of life without Gaddafi, who ruled Libya from 1969 until the civil war in which he was captured and killed just over a year ago, has led to Libya becoming decentralized and unstable, with residents in different cities still bearing grievances against others for things that happened under the dictator's four decade-long rule.
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