Islamists in Tripoli Order Women To Fully Cover Their Bodies

Ashraf Abdul Wahab

Government officials have said they know nothing about a group of uniformed young men who appeared on the streets of the capital on Sunday carrying a slogan on their jackets proclaiming them to be members of Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Tripoli Branch.

On Sunday they were active in and around the capital’s Algeria Square, telling women to fully cover up.

No one appeared to know who was in charge of the men or funding them, although many who were asked about the group expressed fears that there was now an active campaign to steer the country in the direction of hardline Islamist practices.

The office of the Grand Mufti said that it had nothing to do with them.