Saturday, February 19, 2011

The beginning of the end for Gaddafi?

The call, relayed on Twitter yesterday, showed the feverish enthusiasm which animated the opponents of the regime, whether in the field or, very often, abroad. Events have indeed shaken the city of Derna, Al-Baida, and obviously Benghazi, the second largest city, but there was violent repression. Balances dénombrent at least forty dead since Tuesday, but some sources say that number could be much higher.
In his office in Geneva, Switzerland, the secretary general of the Libyan League for Human Rights is very concerned. "The government has ordered that the doors of hospitals are closed to demonstrators injured. They also ordered the ambulances do not get injured. And Libya is on the board of Human Rights UN! "Sliman Bouchuiguir protests, joined by The Press yesterday.
Media coverage is limited, the borders are closed to foreign journalists. Multiple video images captured and uploaded by the Libyans have nevertheless emerged on the internet, some very raw showing the bodies of protesters killed.
But Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, in power for 42 years, is still firmly in the saddle. "The regime believes that because he is rich he can buy everything, the principles also said Bouchuiguir. And with oil, it has a major influence on Western countries. He believes he can do whatever he wants. "
"If Gaddafi managed to escape unscathed from a crime against humanity which killed 270 people in the explosion of a civilian airliner (the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, Ed), one can not criticize the Libyans n have not dared oppose him before, "said Bouchuiguir. And with each victory, Gaddafi becomes stronger and it was the Libyans who are paying the price. "
East rises
Benghazi, the second largest city located 1200 km east of Tripoli has been rocked by protests yesterday. The local state radio have been especially burned. "Benghazi is the intellectual and cultural capital of the country. People are more educated than elsewhere, said Bouchuiguir. Tripoli is a diplomatic center, it is not an intellectual. "
As in Egypt and Tunisia, youth are leading the opposition and calling for a regime change. "Egypt and Mubarak Ben Ali of Tunisia were compared with Libya, oceans of freedom of expression," he adds. And I weigh my words! In Libya, there is no room for freedom. None. You have to think like Gaddafi, or else you keep your thoughts to yourself. In Libya there is neither constitutional nor separation of powers. For 42 years, Libya has been no election, no referendum. "
The regime continues its propaganda to hammer through its revolutionary committees, which have threatened yesterday groupuscules demonstrating against Muammar Gaddafi a response "overwhelming", according to AFP.
Over the situation in London has decided to cancel eight contracts for export of "safety equipment" to Libya, as rubber bullets and tear gas, fearing that this material may be used against the demonstrators. The same decision was taken on Bahrain and is being studied for Yemen.
"Things can turn, however, hopes Mr. Bouchuiguir. If Tripoli joined the movement, I think this will be the end of Gaddafi. Even now, I think this is the beginning of the end. "

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