A website opposing long-time Libyan dictator Mommar Gadhafi says four protesters in the city of Beyida have been killed by government forces.

Activists using Facebook and Twitter have called for nationwide anti-government demonstrations on Thursday.

So far, protests have been reported on Wednesday and Thursday in Beyida and to the west in Libya’s second-largest city, Benghazi.

Opposition website Libya Al-Youm says the protesters were slain by snipers from the Internal Security Forces. It’s not clear when the protesters were killed.

The Libyan government maintains tight control over the media and the reports couldn’t be independently confirmed.

The opposition is hoping to tap into unrest in the region that has ousted leaders in Tunisia and Egypt.

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