France Press cameraman, organisers of Earth Hour arrested by Benghazi Criminal Investigation Dept.

The Benghazi Criminal Investigation Department (BCID) has arrested the cameraman of France Press, Abdullah Duma, for shooting a celebration of the Earth Hour event at Medical Arab University two days ago.

Sources reported that Duma and two organisers – Anwar Al-Kadiki, Abdullah Al-Turabi – of the Earth Hour celebration were arrested on Tuesday.

“The arrested trio will have to stand investigations at the Military Prosecution.” The sources added.

According to the sources, the cameraman of France Press and the two others were charged with holding a celebration without a prior permission from the Military Governor of the eastern region and the security departments.

Earlier, the government of Abdullah Al-Thinni in eastern Libya described the celebration of Earth Hour in Benghazi as a blasphemy and immoral behaviour and called for punishing the ones who organised it.

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. towards the end of March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns across 172 countries worldwide.

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