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Libyan activists protest against militias, Muslim Brotherhood

Hundreds of Libyan activists are protesting in three major cities, denouncing the use of force by the country's unruly militias and denouncing the Muslim Brotherhood's participation in politics.

The protesters in Tripoli, the eastern city of Benghazi, which was the birthplace of Libyan uprising, and the city of Tobrouk, accuse the Brotherhood of trying to seize power by pushing through a contentious law that would prevent officials who had served under former dictator Moammar Gadhafi from working in government.

Meanwhile Britain's Foreign Office says it is temporarily withdrawing some staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital in light of recent political unrest. Heavily armed militias have surrounded government buildings in Tripoli over the past month, blocking access to ministries to pushing the parliament to pass the Brotherhood-supported law.