Libyans Hand Over Their Weapons in Arms Collection Drive (Video)

Libyans line up to turn over weapons to the military as authorities work to clean streets of arms left over from last year's war. As the day went on, a trickle of people turned into longer lines in Tripoli and in the eastern city of Benghazi, where tents were set up in squares for military officials to collect arms, explosives and even rocket propelled grenade launchers.

Amid a celebratory atmosphere, women and children looked on as men queued to turn over their weapons as they listened to a military marching band and pop music.

Libya's new rulers have struggled to impose their authority on a country awash with weapons. Many Libyans are fed up with militias that still patrol the streets, and often take the law into their own hands.

The September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, was followed by anti-militia protests in the city last week.

The government is now vowing to dissolve militias, but is also offering public backing to some of the most powerful armed groups as it seeks to build stronger security forces.

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