Briefing by Mr Ian Martin,SRSG for Libya at Security Council Meeting 29 February 2012
On 17 February, the people of Libya marked the first anniversary of the beginning of their revolution. People took to the streets of Tripoli, Benghazi and other cities and towns in celebration. Many of the celebrations were spontaneously organized in neighbourhoods, and Libyans remarked on the contrast with the state-organized demonstrations which characterized the previous regime. While remembering those who died in the struggle for freedom, they signaled hope and determination for the future. Despite concerns that there might be attempted attacks or disruptions by elements of the former regime, the anniversary passed peacefully, with effective security operations coordinated among state security forces, local civilian authorities and "brigades" of former revolutionary fighters.