Three years after toppling Gaddafi, the revolutionaries have turned on each other Making a stand: crowds in Tripoli come out in support of Gen Khalifa Haftar’s ‘dignity’ campaign against jihadist militias On a Friday afternoon in June in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, a street battle erupts for control of Martyrs Square. It is the first time that Libyans from both sides of an explosive political divide have fought each other for control of a space that represents the aspirations of the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammer Gaddafi. On the north side of the square stand the Islamists. Opposite them are a few hundred men and some women supporting the renegade General Khalifa Haftar’s “dignity” movement, which wants to crush the Islamists. At first the pro- and anti-Haftar crowds mostly throw water bottles and taunts at each other. Both sides chant the same slogans. “The blood of the martyrs […]