Libya – 15 Feb 2011, Demonstrations Outside Police Station, Shots Fired, 15/02/2011

15 February: In the late hours of the day between 500 and 600 protesters protests in Benghazi, and clash with the police, which caused 14 injuries included 10 police officers. 17 February: “Day of Rage” A “Day of Rage” in Libya and by Libyans in exile is planned for 17 February. The National Conference for the Libyan Opposition stated that “all” groups opposed to Muammar al-Gaddafi in Libya and in exile plan protests against Gaddafi on 17 February, in memory of demonstrations in Benghazi on 17 February 2006 that were initially against the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons and became protests against al-Gaddafi. The plans to protests are inspired by the 2010–2011 Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings. In early February, Gaddafi met with “Libyan political activists, journalists, and media figures” and “warned” them that they would be “held responsible” if they participated “in any way in disturbing the peace or creating chaos in Libya”. Protests: From 13–16 January, upset at delays and corruption, protesters in Darnah, Benghazi, Bani Walid and other cities in Libya broke into and occupied housing that the government was building. By 27 January the government had responded to the unrest with a $24 billion investment fund to provide housing and development. In late January, Jamal al-Hajji, a writer, political commentator and accountant, “called on the internet for demonstrations to be held in support of greater freedoms in Libya” inspired by the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings