-- Libya released 110 political prisoners and set up a committee to enact reforms, according to pro-government reports on Thursday, the same day that messages and videos posted on social media sites suggested that the popular opposition was gaining steam in several cities.
Despite reports of at-times violent crackdowns, threats and widespread arrests, Libyan websites had posted calls for a "Day of Rage" on Thursday, the anniversary of a 2006 demonstration in which security forces killed at least 12 protesters.
These follow days of bloody clashes that have contributed to 21 deaths in the North African nation -- a figure that CNN, which does not have journalists in Libya, could not independently confirm. Officials at international human rights groups, however, have said they fear that death toll may be conservative.
Still, despite movement in recent years toward free expression, information is still difficult to get out of Libya. Moammar Gadhafi's government retains control over most of the nation's media and monitors and censors the fledgling private media outlets.
One of the pro-Gadhafi publications, the top Libyan online newspaper Quryna, reported Thursday that a government group, dubbed the Secretary Committee of the People's Conference, plans to make major changes to Libya's government.
The committee's reforms will affect executive branches of government and also include moves aimed at better supporting local government administrators, Quryna reported.