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Protesters block entrance to Libya’s Zawiya refinery

Dozens of protesters blocked the front gate of Libya‘s Zawiya refinery and oil port on Tuesday, an oil official said, but production continued at the 120,000 barrel-per-day plant.

Libya’s government is struggling to cope with protesters who have taken over eastern oil ports and a western terminal as they make demands for more rights or better conditions and have cut into its energy shipments.

At Zawiya, which supplies gasoline and diesel for the capital, protesters prevented workers from entering the complex, but the night shift continued working to keep the refinery running, a spokesman for the refinery said.

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