Ibrahim El Mayet
Local residents gather in in Tripoli's central Martyrs Square to demonstrate against the militias who are currently battling for control of Tripoli's airport. Hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured in the recent clashes.
Article about the run up to the Parliamentary elections in Libya with related pictures taken in Tripoli.
United in their anger, Tripoli residents call for an end to the senseless violence and the presence of militias in the city.
Under one flag these protestors sing chants against the militias involved in the current conflict, primarily those from ZIntan who have controled Tripoli's airport since 2011, and those from Misurata who re-entered the city three weeks ago. The recent battles have destroyed Tripoli airport, set fire to fuel tanks containing millions of litres of petrol (at the main Tripoli storage depot) and destroyed residential areas. Hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured in the fighting. Many Tripoli residents question the motives of the warring sides and the claims by the Misurata militias that the purpose of their operation was to 'liberate' and 'protect' the captial.
As the protest rounds the square the demonstrators face the walls of Tripoli's iconic 'Suraya Al Hamra' (Red Castle) the external walls of Tripoli's old city. In the foreground a man holds up a banner saying 'No Brigades, we need one army under one flag'.
The protestors continue their chanting as they move around the square calling for an end to the militia occupation in Libya's capital city.
Joining the protest with their father these young Libyan's hold a banner saying 'We want Libya, we are staying, and we will secure it'
Tripolitanian protestors carried a large Libyan flag, a symbol of unity. Their faces all told of the pain and anger they feel as many are forced to watch helplessly while parts of the city are destroyed. Some of their chants mentioned Libya's second city Benghazi in the East, where fierce fighting between Islamist militias and forces led by a retired army genral is ongoing.
As the protestors made their way around Martyrs Square they called out slogans against the militias, the most common 'la Misurata, la Zintan, Tarabules Tibi Alaman' (No Misurata, No Zintan Tripoli wants peace) refering to the main rivals in the current battle, militias from the city of Misurata and the mountain town of Zintan.
Joining the protest carrying his two sons this father holds his family book (a registration document) which shows that he lives in Qasr Ben Ghashir a neighborhood close to Tripoli airport which has become a battleground as rival militias fight for control of the airport. Many civilians have been killed and injured and houses destroyed as militias continue indiscriminate shelling in residential areas. The boys sign simply asks, when can we go home?
The protestors marched taking many laps of the square. In the foreground in a show of solidarity with Libya's East the banner reads, 'Benghazi you are not alone, we are the bandage for your wounds'. Next to him another protestor carries a banner saying 'No for Shield, Yes for Police & Army'. A reference to the Libya Shield a coalition of revolutionary militia brigades (mostly from Misurata) who rather than being forced to disband were given official status under Libya's Ministry of Defence while maintaining their revolutionary command structures.
Protesters gathered in Tripoli's Central Marytrs Square on Friday afternoon to demonstrate against the rival militias battling for control of Tripoli's airport. Petrol stations in Tripoli have been empty for weeks meaning many people had to walk or cycle long distances to join the demonstration.
June 24, 2014 Tripoli, Libya Hamouda Siala making his final preparations on the eve of the elections. His campaign team have been working hard for weeks to encourage the public to turn out and cast their votes on 25th June. There is a concern that widespread disappointment with the performance of the previous parliament may discourage voters from participating in this election.
June 24, 2014 Tripoli, Libya Campaign billboards along Trieg al Shat (Coastal Road) that runs past Tripoli's historic old city. Most posters show a link to the candidates' Facebook page where, as well as promoting their own campaigns, candidates face a barrage of smear campaigns attempting to undermine them. In the foreground Hamouda Siala (Candidate No. 15) running in Central Tripoli www.facebook.com/Siala.15
June 24, 2014 Tripoli, Libya Young residents of Tripoli's old city enjoy an impromptu game of football next to the Coastal Road. You are never far from a football game in Tripoli. One candidate's slogan even targets football fans, If you are watching the World Cup then you must vote on the 25th June it says. In a further appeal to the football mad Libyans, his leaflets even have a match schedule printed on the back. In the background a campaign poster for candidate No. 3 stands high above the traffic.
June 24, 2014 Tripoli, Libya Hamouda Siala (Candidate No. 15), outside the training centre which his team are using as their campaign HQ. Hamouda is running for the central Tripoli district. Like all candidates in Libya's capital, if he is elected, he will have to move to Libya's second city Benghazi which will be home to the new parliament
Surrounded by posters, a Tripoli resident enjoys a quiet coffee and a smoke in a popular open air cafe in Algeria Square in the centre of Tripoli. The square is also home to Tripoli local council and has been the assembly point for many public protests in the since 2012.
Pop-up election posters displayed on the central reservation of a busy roundabout in Ben Ashour, an area in central Tripoli. The standard form for election posters which can be seen all around in the city and online on social media is a picture of the candidate, a slogan and their candidate number next to which they hope voters will leave a mark on 25th June.
Families gather to feed the pigeons and relax in Tripoli's Martyrs Square. Often the focal point for civil action and protests the square which during Gaddafi era was known as Green Square and was used mainly as a car park has been reclaimed for public use. In the background an official HNEC poster on the wall of the Suraya Al Hamra (Red Castle) reminds residents of the date for the parliamentary elections, 25th June 2014.