Senior officers had for days urged colleagues to return to work

Tripoli police overcome fears and return to work

TRIPOLI, Aug 29 (Reuters) Police in Tripoli are overcoming fears they would not be welcomed by Libya new masters and are slowly returning to work, taking pains to distance themselves from ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi and win the public trust.

Visitors to one police station step on a rug featuring Gaddafi face and drivers roll over a poster of him at canada goose store a checkpoint outside.

The district policemen on Monday spent their first day in Canada Goose Online uniform since Gaddafi overthrow. Senior officers had for days urged colleagues to return to work, through announcements canada goose factory sale at mosques and word of cheap Canada Goose mouth.

the first canada goose coats on sale day we Canada Goose Outlet back in uniform because we were afraid of what the reaction would be, said Osama Al Zawya, a 40 year old canada goose uk outlet police colonel at the Libyan capital Sooq al Jumaa buy canada goose jacket cheap district police station.

reaction has been good. canada goose clearance In the beginning there canada goose coats was some aggression because for six months people canada goose clearance sale felt fear and intimidation from the security services, he added.

An uprising against Gaddafi 42 year rule started in February, but rebel fighters only took the capital Tripoli last week. In the six months it canada goose uk black friday took for uk canada goose rebels to enter the city, Gaddafi security services became increasingly oppressive.

The former Libyan leader had a formidable security apparatus that canada goose black friday sale was notorious for its brutality.

The National Transitional Council, Libya new governing body, is hoping to avoid the same kind of lawlessness seen after the fall of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, and want to co opt Gaddafi era policemen, not dismiss them.

But the police will have to tread carefully as they try to ease control of cheap canada goose uk the city from thousands of zealous, gun toting youths who uk canada goose outlet now man checkpoints across Tripoli, and who are Canada Goose online quick to turn on those they suspect as Gaddafi sympathizers.

Zawya and other policemen insist they did not oppress the Libyan people, and were sidelined by Gaddafi administration, which preferred to confer real power on feared military and security brigades.

Outside, policeman Abdul Hakim al Sayyah, dressed in a crisp blue shirt and pressed trousers, worked with canadian goose jacket some young anti Gaddafi fighters to man Canada Goose Coats On Sale a checkpoint, part of a plan for police to mix both forces until police Canada Goose Jackets take over completely.

have accepted us 100 percent. It was a warm welcome, they brothers, Sayyah said.

Anti Gaddafi fighters currently manning Tripoli checkpoints most little more than furniture arranged in the canada goose street to slow traffic canada goose uk shop said they had no qualms about eventually handing in their weapons and giving police security responsibility.

a good thing that the police are coming back, it their job. Of course I suspicious of some of them, but not all of them, said Jumah Rashid, 30.

Members of the public also welcomed the police return.

great, this is what we expected. It better for them to return. Whoever was not involved in killings is welcome, said Abdul Razik Talib, 36, who had just left a police checkpoint after driving over a poster of Gaddafi face.

At nearby Furnaj police station, policemen had also just recently returned to work. They hoped Libya new management buy canada goose jacket meant an end to years on the sidelines.

want to be like canada goose outlet police abroad. Canada Goose sale We were far below international standards. Canada Goose Parka Hopefully with the NTC help we be up to European standards, said policeman Salem Oraibi, 48.

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