Yesterday morning’s protests started as 2 men climbed up a fence to protest their continued detention, but soon escalated as others complained about their failure to obtain humanitarian protection, their detention and their detention conditions, among other issues.
The protests turned violent and the police and the army were subsequently called in to restore control, but 15 policemen, 3 soldiers and a detainee were injured in the process, and many objects were damaged or destroyed.
23 were arrested after they were identified to be the main instigators, and they ended up in court today. They hail from a number of African countries, but all fled Libya in the wake of the unrest there.
They have been accused of injuring public officers, causing wilful damage and other related charges.
All pleaded not guilty and were remanded in custody by Magistrate Audrey Demicoli.