Islamist Media Networks and Activists Call for Friday Protest in Tripoli to Demand Resignation of UNSMIL’s Ghassan Salamé – Al Marsad

Islamist media networks and activists call for a protest today against the head of UNSMIL, Ghassan Salamé, accusing him of bias toward the LNA and calling him to resign from his post and leave Libya. In his report to the UN, Salamé had said the Tripoli-based GNA government needed to be freed of armed groups.

[Libya, 9 August 2019] – The Islamist February TV channel, owned by former emir of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), Abdelhakim Belhaj, announced a call on Wednesday evening for Libyans to demonstrate against the UN envoy Ghassan Salamé this Friday.

The channel quoted a number of “civil society activists and individuals” to urge the public to go out in demonstrations this Friday 9th August at Martyrs Square in Tripoli to demand the resignation of the UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salamé.

Photo of the demonstration on Wednesday in front of the UN mission headquarters in Janzour.

The protest comes against the backdrop of what Belhaj described as “the position of the mission against the aggression on Tripoli,” which many local parties considered biased in favour of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and the Libyan National Army (LNA) during his to the UN Security Council.

Photo of the demonstration on Wednesday in front of the UN mission headquarters in Janzour.

Belhaj’s television channel published a graphic poster with a photo of Ghassan Salamé and the words “Get Out”.  The channel pointed out that “demonstrators” had raised the same slogans on Wednesday in front of the headquarters of the UN mission in the Janzour area west of the capital Tripoli.


Muslim Brotherhood and various other Islamist activists and groups added their voices to the campaign of protest over the remarks by Salamé with their own take of creative posters against the UNSMIL head.

In addition to the February Channel, the campaign against Salamé received media support from Al Tanasah, channel run by Suhail al-Gharyani who is the the son of mufti Sadiq al-Gharyani, and also from Panorama Channel, the media arm of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction Party. Al-Jazeera Libya, within pages of the Qatar-based network of Al-Jazeera, also posted the announcement about the demonstration today in Tripoli.

The Islamist cleric Sadiq al-Gharyani, who is loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA), also urged the public to protest on Friday to demand the expulsion of Salamé. He said it was a duty to defend the country to force the UNSMIL head to leave Libya. 

Earlier in the week the firebrand cleric, Sadiq Gharyani, who has been impeached by the House of Representatives (HoR), had also condemned and rejected Ghassan Salamé’s call for a ceasefire. Gharyani said Wednesday that the call for a ceasefire on the occasion of Eid al-Adha was a conspiracy plotted to enable Haftar to reinforce his forces. He said: “This is not a truce; it is a surrender to the enemy by allowing him to destroy what is left.”

“This is an empty talk. Anyone who demands a truce while the enemy is stationed in the outskirts of Tripoli is an unjust man who stands on the side of the enemy forces and does not seek to support the aggrieved party,” said the cleric.

© Al Marsad English. 2019.