The images of Italian flags burned in Libya during protests against the air strikes of the Libyan army led by General Khalifa Haftar who is praised in Tobruk. According to Libya Herald, hundreds of Libyans went out in the streets in Derna to protest against air attack on the city at the hand of the General Haftar’s forces. They have “burned an Italian flag, condemning what they consider to be Italy’s and UN’s interference in Libya”. The protesters, adds the online newspaper, have expressed appreciation for the victories of the “army” against Isis in Libya.
Also the site Alwasat reported the same news, specifying that in the course of these events some Italian flags were set on fire, while the demonstrators were protesting, shouting “no protection.” According to Libya Observer, however, the inhabitants of Derna and Tobruk met “in eastern Libya to reject the political agreement”, which had been signed in December in Skhirat.
The protesters’ posters against Italy’s intervention in the Libyan crisis read slogans such as “NO to Italy’s intervention in our internal affairs” or “Italy should not even dream about occupying our country.” People who attended the event burned an Italian flag and hoisted banners on which was written “our army is our savior”, “congratulations on the victories of the army in Derna and Benghazi and its progress towards the city of Sirte”, still according to Alwasat site.
In these last hours, as if to confirm an incident reported on Wednesday, a Twitter account has released four pictures of a burning flag accompanied by the words “the flag of Italy is burning in Benghazi as a sign of rejection of Italy’s interference and against Roberta Pinotti’s statements”. Without adding anything else about the Italian Minister of Defense, the tweet shows people trampling and burning a flag. On the white background of a cloth, are written the words “No to Italy’s intervention” in Arabic. It cannot be excluded that this episode may be a new case of protest.