Protesters argue for the release of all political prisoners and for Gaddafi, Libya's prime minister at the time, to step down.
The arrest of human rights lawyer, Fethi Tarbe, in February of 2011 sparks outrage across the country.
Gaddafi announces that he will not step down. Protests begin to turn violent as the Libyan government forcefully attempts to end protests.
Protesters form a rebel militia calling themselves the TNC (Transitional National Council). The TNC's goal is to create a democratic government in Libya. The rebel militia successfully takes control over most of eastern Libya.
Gaddafi launches an attack on a large rebel city. As a result, the EU enacts a no fly zone over Libya and US and European forces attack Libyan air forces. NATO takes over international intervention in Libya. Gaddafi's son and three of his grandchildren are killed in NATOL attacks.
Gaddafi's foreign minister flees Libya, demonstrating wavering loyalty to Gaddafi.
By September 2011 rebels forces take control over Tripoli, Libya's capital. On October 20th Gaddafi is found in hiding and killed by the rebels. After the fall of the Gaddafi regime, the TNC still struggles to form an elective government.