Fadallah Haroun, commander of a former rebel group, says he joined protesters in the Sunday attack, and that two other cities in eastern Libya have witnessed similar incidents.
“We want justice,” Haroun said, echoing demands by other eastern tribal leaders and militia commanders.
They want a fair number of seats in the 200-member national assembly to be elected July 7. That will be the first nationwide election since last year’s revolt toppled longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi.
The revolt started in Benghazi, the largest city in eastern Libya, which suffered marginalization under Gadhafi’s rule. Leaders there charge that their situation has not improved.