More libyan cities are falling into the hands of protestors, the latest being Zawiya, just 30 miles west of the capital, Tripoli. Protestors today celebrated their uprising, chanting against Gaddafi while nearby, the graves of at least seven people who died during the protests in Zawiya pay tribute to the aggressive measures being taken by the despot and his thugs Gaddafi has managed to gather a stronghold of loyalists and armed men around him in the country’s capital and continues to promise to battle his own people till death for control over Libya. Apparently Gaddafi and his crew have organized a PR campaign to broadcast his control over the country, but there’s no denying the unrelenting fight of the people. In reports by Jazeera, the Italian foreign minister has called Gaddafi’s deposition “inevitable”.
The UN Security Council has imposed a travel and assets ban on Gaddafi’s government, the International Criminal Court has called for his trial on grounds of human rights violations, close-ally Italy has suspended a cooperation treaty with him and his regime, Obama has called on him to leave immediately, and Britain has revoked his international immunity. Meanwhile, Libya’s former Justice Minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil has formed a new transitional government comprised of former army commanders who have defected to the opposition. Protestors near the capital are preparing to march onto Gaddafi’s stronghold and take him down once and for all. His end does pretty much seem inevitable, and yet the man will not go in peace. He is bent on a blood bath, and figures by the Italian foreign minister have so far estimate a death toll of up to 1,000 civilian protestors since the start of the Libya uprising on February 15. (for more on the UN sanctions against Gaddafi and his family, visit:
The sanctions however are problematic in nature, strewn with double standards that could very much fuel Gaddafi and his supporters’ fight against what they perceive to be an opposition movement supported by an international community that is as morally bereft as the Libyan regime is accused of being.
Up to 100,000 people are believed to have fled Libya as of today, many of them Egyptians attempting to head back home but are trapped at the borders, posing questions regarding the sort of exodus and refugee crises which these revolutionary times will pose to the building of a countries.
Uprising my be an understatement at this point – events in Libya are very much a war, as NBC news chief Richard Engel was reported to have said while reporting from the Libyan city of Tobruk on February 22.
Inspired by successful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, the Libyan movement against Gaddafi began as a series of protests which centered on the two major cities Benghazi and Tripoli. Gaddafi blamed the revolts on Al Qaeda and drunken youths apparently, and his crushing down on the people’s uprising only proved to enflame their anger further and escalate tensions in the country into an emergency state, the bloodiest yet since the start of pro-democracy outcries across the region this year.
A Little Bit About Gaddafi
Gaddafi took over power at the age of 27 in 1969 during a bloodless coup against the then Libyan King Idris. He is the Middle East and North Africa’s longest-serving leader.
According to the BBC, Col Gaddafi is in his late 60s, but there is no framework for his succession and he has carefully avoided designating a successor. Analysts say this could lead to years of instability as competing groups struggle for supremacy. Muammar Gaddafi was born in the desert near Sirte in 1942. He married twice and has eight children.
Once considered a pariah by the West, Gaddafi took a more accomodationalist approach in the international political scene after promising to stop creating weapons of mass destruction and stepping up to the plate by taking responsibility over the Lockerbie bombing (see the following link for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_103).
Qaddafi and his family’s assets are estimated at over 70 Billion US Dollars. Switzerland has frozen him and his family’s assets, with European countries supporting the move.
– Love in a Box