Sandwiched by Tunisia on one side and Egypt on the other, and with the Arab world’s longest sitting dictator, it was perhaps only a matter of time before the people of Libya got in on the protest craze sweeping the Middle East.
At least one person is dead and there are unconfirmed reports of more casualties as demonstrators across the country celebrate a “day of rage.”
Amnesty International says a man was shot dead when security forces opened fire in the city of al-Bayda.
Police and protesters also clashed in Zentan and Benghazi, where one witness told the BBC at least 16 people are believed to have been killed.
This week’s protests are the first in Libya, where dissent is rarely allowed.