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Libyans put aside woes to celebrate uneasy anniversary

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Thousands of Libyans celebrate the second anniversary of the Libyan uprising at Martyrs' Square in Tripoli on Feb. 17, 2013.

Reuters reports — Thousands took to the streets on Sunday to celebrate two years since the start of Libya's revolution and a national political leader promised to end the sense of neglect experienced by Benghazi, the country's second city.

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Libyans release lanterns into the air at Nasr Square during the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in Benghazi on Feb 17.

One thousand kilometers east of the capital Tripoli, Benghazi was the cradle of the revolt that ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi, but many citizens feel that they are yet to see the fruits of their military struggle.

"I'm not here to celebrate; a revolution should be celebrated once its goals are fulfilled. In Benghazi we keep bringing up demands and nothing happens," Mohammed al-Shokri, 26, said. Read the full story.

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An uprising in Libya ousts dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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