A tourist from Argentina uses a tablet computer to take a picture of a woman selling foraged greens in Tripoli. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Every Sunday morning social media activists gather in a Tripoli coffee shop and discuss civic affairs for hours, after having spent the week debating online. After messaging on Facebook and WhatsApp for several months the members began a forum to discuss issues of importance to the city, as well as their most pressing thoughts and beliefs. While the northern city has in recent months seen bouts of deadly violence between political rivals, the Internet is a place where residents of Tripoli with different views can engage in enlightened discussion and dialogue, members of the group say. Tripoli is home to growing number of bloggers and online activists popular among residents and who, over time, have built a committed follower base.Some of the activists were angered by the recent comments of politicians who suggested that Tripoli is a city for Muslims only.It's an occasion to talk about the demands and concerns of Tripoli's residents".The forum was born accidentally, she added, because there was a need to fix Tripoli's image to serve the public interest.
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