Libya protests: Al-Bayda security chief ‘sacked’

first_imgNews Libya protests: Al-Bayda security chief ‘sacked’ by: – February 17, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet BBC NewsThere has been non-stop coverage of the government rallies in TripoliA regional head of security has been removed from his post following clashes with protesters in the Libyan town of al-Bayda on Wednesday which left several people dead, local media say.The move came as anti-government activists called for a “day of anger”, trying to rally support via social networking sites.Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s supporters gathered in Tripoli.Unconfirmed reports said there were clashes in the second city Benghazi.Pro-democracy protests have recently swept through several Arab nations, with the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt forced to resign amid growing unrest.But this week’s demonstrations were the first display of defiance in Libya, where dissent is rarely tolerated.‘The revolution continues!’Mr Gaddafi’s supporters gathered in Green Square in the centre of the capital Tripoli.The demonstrators shouted: “We are defending Gaddafi and the revolution!” and “The revolution continues!” Others hurled insults at foreign media.Correspondents say all streets leading to the square are gridlocked, and there is non-stop coverage of the rally on state media.But the situation is unclear elsewhere in the country, with unconfirmed reports of clashes in several cities.Opposition websites said violence in Benghazi left at least six people dead, with four killed in al-Bayda on Wednesday.The semi-independent newspaper Quryna, which is subject to Libyan censorship laws, has confirmed just two deaths, in al-Bayda.“Today the Libyans broke the barrier or fear, it is a new dawn,” exiled opposition leader Faiz Jibril was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.The New York-based organisation Human Rights Watch said 14 people were arrested on the eve of the planned demonstrations.Mid-East unrest: Countries affectedOpposition newspaper Libya al-Yawm showed the police station in al-Bayda on fire.There are a number of unconfirmed reports of the government opening fire on the protesters on Wednesday.Reports on social networks talk of government forces possibly firing from helicopters on to the crowds. Other sources said snipers were used.Protests in Benghazi were reportedly begun after the arrest of Fathi Terbil, who represents relatives of more than 1,000 prisoners allegedly massacred by security forces in Tripoli’s Abu Salim jail in 1996. He was later said to have been freed.More than 100 members of a banned Islamist militant group were freed from Abu Salim on Wednesday. It is not clear if the Benghazi clashes and the release of the inmates were connected.‘Police state’Col Gaddafi is the Arab world’s longest-serving leader, having ruled oil-rich Libya since a coup in 1969.He has always insisted that the country is run by a series of people’s committees, though most outside observers believe it is a police state with him firmly in control, the BBC’s Jon Leyne reports.The Middle East has recently seen a wave of protests fuelled by discontent over unemployment, rising living costs, corruption and autocratic leaderships.This began with the overthrow of Tunisia’s leader, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, in January. Last week, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt resigned.In recent days there have also been anti-government demonstrations in Yemen, Bahrain, and Iran.center_img Share 56 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

IMCA Texas Lone Star Series opens at Abilene

first_imgABILENE, Texas – A Texas Lone Star Series tripleheader is on the schedule when the IMCA tour opens in conjunction with Abilene Speedway’s Feb. 21-23 Ice Breaker.Friday, Saturday and Sunday features are all series events for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Nine tour dates are scheduled for the Modifieds, Stock Cars and Southern SportMods, so champions will be crowned in each division and receive bonus points. Point fund amounts are to be announced for those three divisions.Hobby Stocks return to the series schedule after a one-year hiatus. Because only seven dates are scheduled for that class, no point fund will be paid out and no bonus points awarded, but the top driver in the standings will be recognized as champion and receive a plaque and jacket.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and Allstar Performance state points will be awarded at all Lone Star Series shows.Kennedale Speedway Park’s Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2 Spring Kick-Off features two dates for the Modifieds, Stock Cars and Southern SportMods. Heart O’ Texas Speedway hosts all four divisions in a pre-Memorial Day event on Sunday, May 25.A very busy Independence Weekend sees the series at Cotton Bowl Speedway on Thursday, July 3 before concluding with Texas Nationals dates Friday and Saturday, July 4 and 5 at Heart O’ Texas.Top drivers in the Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock series become eligible to compete in their respective race of champions during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.The 2013 series champions were William Gould in the Modifieds, Matt Guillaume in the Stock Cars and Gabe Tucker in the Southern SportMods.Selby Holder returns as tour director. Wild Child Race Cars is back as title sponsor for the Stock Car portion of the series.last_img read more