Feb. 17 - Libyans celebrate the first anniversary of the 17th of February revolution, but some are unhappy with the speed of change. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
An air of celebration at Martyrs Square in Tripoli, as Libya marks the one year anniversary of their revolt. The flags are out, and many look forward to a brighter future. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TRIPOLI RESIDENT AL-HADI AHMED SAYING: "We are celebrating, for the first time, victory and freedom and full independence, democracy and full freedom." Life for many people has improved since the eight-month NATO-backed struggle against Muammar Gaddafi, and its chaotic aftermath. But security and political woes abound ahead of elections in June. As it tries to build a democratic state, the National Transitional Council is struggling to impose its authority on a country awash with weapons. In Benghazi, the cradle of the revolution, citizens unfurl enormous flags to mark the anniversary. But some say the transition is still a work in progress. International human rights groups are urging the government to clamp down on continuing human rights abuses, mainly carried out by militia groups on rivals. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WALID AL-FASSI, SAYING: "The February 17 revolution has not yet met its demands. The National Transitional Council and the governments have stumbled. We want them - the National Transitional Council and the governments - to meet the demands of the people to overcome the country's crisis." For the anniversary day, however, it was time to celebrate. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters