TRIPOLI — A central government building in the Libyan capital Tripoli was on fire Monday, a Reuters reporter said, in the latest sign that the revolt against Moammar Gadhafi is gathering strength.
“I can see the People’s Hall is on fire, there are firefighters there trying to put it out,” the reporter said. The building is where the General People’s Congress, or parliament, meets when it is in session in Tripoli.
The privately owned news website Qureyna said flames were seen leaping from the building, and that the headquarters of the Olympics Committee was also on fire.
Early Monday, protesters also took over the office of two of the multiple state-run satellite news channels, witnesses said.
Protesters were calling for a new protest at sunset Monday in Tripoli’s Green Square, setting up the likelihood of new clashes.