Libya backgrounder

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Protesters clashed with the police and government supporters in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on February 16.

Demonstrators gathered in the wee hours of the morning in front of police headquarters and chanted slogans against the "corrupt rulers of the country."

As many as 14 people were injured in the clashes, including three demonstrators and 10 security officials.

Anti-government protesters have also called on citizens to observe February 17 as a "Day of Rage."

They hope to emulate recent popular protests in Tunisia and Egypt to end Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi's 41-year old rule.

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