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LOS ANGELES | Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:24pm EST

(Reuters) - Internet service has been cut off in Libya for a second consecutive day as protesters step up demonstrations against longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, a U.S. company that monitors Internet traffic said on Saturday.

Massachusetts-based Arbor Networks said data collected from 30 Internet providers around the world showed that online traffic in and out of Libya was disconnected abruptly at 7:15 p.m. EST on Friday after two partial interruptions earlier that day.

Internet traffic returned several hours later at reduced levels only to drop off completely again at 4:55 p.m. EST on Saturday, according to the Arbor data.

Dozens of protesters were killed in clashes with Libyan security forces in the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, a witness said, in the worst unrest in Gaddafi's four decades in power.

The Internet has been used in recent weeks by anti-government protesters in North Africa and the Middle East to help coordinate their demonstrations.

Egyptian authorities cut Internet service for a few days during a revolt that succeeded last week in toppling Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power.

(Reporting by Deena Beasley; Editing by Eric Beech)

Source: Reuters
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Posted by Tibor on February 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm
Everyone suffers when drastic measures are taken. I really feel for the general population since they have to sacrifice their contact with the outside world due to politics. So not fair to punish everyone. I guess it is what it is!
Posted by pdpete on February 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm
This is bound to happen as there is a lot of fear in other countries in the region with leaders with absolute rule of the the fear of it spreading even more.
Posted by soccergod78 on February 25, 2011 at 11:26 am
Libya is in quite the state! I hope that the general public over there decide to throw out the old way's and policies and develop a government for the people run by the people! so to speak!
I feel for those there whom have witnessed the harm people like muammar Gaddafi cause to a country and it's people.
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