Protesters storm into meeting of Misurata mayor, force him to resign

A video that has gone viral on social media showed a number of Misurata residents and political protesters storming into a meeting for the current mayor of the city, Mohammed Eshtiwi.

According to the video, the protesters chased the mayor out of the meeting, where he was holding discussions with Sirte municipal members and members of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous operation, chanting “Step Down” all the way through.

Eshtiwi said after the storming incident that he was forced into signing his resignation by the protesters, whom he said attacked the security guards in the meeting hall.

“I was forced to sign the resignation in order to avoid the bloodshed in the city.” Eshtiwi was cited as saying.

Since the kickoff of 2017, opponents of the current municipal administration in Misurata have been calling for Eshtiwi to step down, urging for a new appointment to take place and a reshuffle to take an effect in the municipality’s structure.

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