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    Protests rock Libya's second city

    Now THIS is the one we've all been waiting for. Who, in all honesty, wouldn't like to see Gaddafi humiliated and chased from office into ignominious exile in Saudi Arabia or Russia? I would.

    Thing is, unlike Mubarak, I think he controls the armed forces directly and with a rod of iron. I think there will be much blood spilled before he orders his helicopter evacuation from the palace rooftop.

    BBC News - Libya protests: Second city Benghazi hit by violence
    "The crisis will end when fear changes sides" - Pablo Iglesias Turrión

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    Re: Protests rock Libya's second city

    It's about damn time.

    When some of these rulers have been around as long Gaddafi and Mubarak one wonders how much can people endure before they break under the pressure and the (fit hits the shin) so to speak.

    I could not be more pleased with this one and Iran if they both work out in favor of the people.

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    Re: Protests rock Libya's second city

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    It's about damn time.

    When some of these rulers have been around as long Gaddafi and Mubarak one wonders how much can people endure before they break under the pressure and the (fit hits the shin) so to speak.

    I could not be more pleased with this one and Iran if they both work out in favor of the people.
    Wouldn't hold your breath on a positive outcome with this one, though. Gaddafi is nothing if not brutally efficient. He'll kill thousands to stay in power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Wouldn't hold your breath on a positive outcome with this one, though. Gaddafi is nothing if not brutally efficient. He'll kill thousands to stay in power.
    You are absolutely right. I understand how buoyed and excited oppressed people in the ME must be by the success in Tunisia and Egypt... but what they don't understand is that if Egypt's military had obeyed orders to fire on the protesters, the entire demonstration would have been over in the first couple of days, with casualties and fatalities in the thousands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    You are absolutely right. I understand how buoyed and excited oppressed people in the ME must be by the success in Tunisia and Egypt... but what they don't understand is that if Egypt's military had obeyed orders to fire on the protesters, the entire demonstration would have been over in the first couple of days, with casualties and fatalities in the thousands.
    And of course that the military has been running Eygpt since independance. They have simply reasserted their control after Mubarack made clear his intention to hand over power to his son, thus turning Eygpt from a military dictatorship to a Somoza-style family dictatorship. All we have basically seen so far is the old order reasserting itself, although hopefully this will change. Nothing that revolutionary has actually happend.

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    Re: Protests rock Libya's second city

    "The puppets of the USA, the puppets of Zionism are falling."

    Seems to me it wasnt long ago that Colonel Douchebag was pretty compliant with the wishes of the US...

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    Re: Protests rock Libya's second city

    4.02pm – Libya: Pro-democracy activists from cities where protesters have already taken control are reported to be converging on Benghazi to confront the regime. Much of the violence is being blamed on "mercenaries" brought in from neighbouring Chad. Eastern Libya has traditionally been less loyal to the Gaddafi government.

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    More reports now coming from Derna: people headed to Benghazi with weapons from Police to fight Mercenaries, its all out war #Libya #Feb17
    Crackdown in Bahrain: live updates | World news | guardian.co.uk

    Read a report elsewhere that government forces in Bahrain fired on unarmed protesters using anti-aircraft guns.

    Twitter of on the ground reporters is a good way to get a sense of what is going on:

    Nicholas Kristof (NickKristof) on Twitter (New York Times)
    Hadeel Al-Shalchi (hadeelalsh) on Twitter (associated press)
    Last edited by Catz Part Deux; 02-18-11 at 01:22 PM.

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    Re: Protests rock Libya's second city

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Crackdown in Bahrain: live updates | World news | guardian.co.uk

    Read a report elsewhere that government forces in Bahrain fired on unarmed protesters using anti-aircraft guns.

    Twitter of on the ground reporters is a good way to get a sense of what is going on:

    Nicholas Kristof (NickKristof) on Twitter (New York Times)
    Hadeel Al-Shalchi (hadeelalsh) on Twitter (associated press)
    Just saw some disturbing video from both Manama and Benghazi on CNN. Also have heard of violent (though not deadly, apparently) in Amman.
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    Re: Protests rock Libya's second city

    Very, very moving interview this lunchtime with an ordinary citizen in Tripoli on BBC Radio 4's The World at One. It appears a lot of people are fearful that the government is going to use poisonous gas on the population of troublesome areas.

    It'll be available on this link in about 1-2 hours. I do recommend you listen. It couldn't be putting the situation in clearer relief.
    "The crisis will end when fear changes sides" - Pablo Iglesias Turrión

    "Austerity is used as a cover to reconfigure society and increase inequality and injustice." - Jeremy Corbyn

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