Libyans Celebrate 'Freedom Eid'

TRIPOLI, LIBYA --- Hundreds of people celebrated the end of Ramadan in Tripoli's Martyrs Square on Tuesday in what Libyans in the capital are calling the Eid of victory.

Although the Eid celebrations started in most of the Muslim Middle East on Tuesday, in Libya it will be formally starting on Wednesday.

Ahmed who was out celebrating in the newly renamed Martyrs Square, hoped that "Qaddafi will be captured and tried fairly and hung in this square."

In contrast with previous rallies held under Muammar Qaddafi's rule, no gun was fired.

The anti-Qaddafi forces who captured Tripoli distributed leaflets at checkpoints on main roads on Tuesday calling on people not to fire their guns in the air during celebrations as, they had done under the old regime - as well as on the path to victory - saying bullets should only be used for people to defend themselves, their families and their homes.

The leaflet also called on communities to rally together to help clean their street and regain their dignity. Tripoli is struggling to bring normality back to the capital with the National Transitional Council battling power shortages, lack of water and rubbish that is piling up.

Despite the mood of celebration, Eid comes at a time when many people are still burying their dead or looking for missing relatives after the Battle of Tripoli.


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