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Libyans Have Their ‘Day of Rage’

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Posted on Feb 17, 2011
Gary Denham (CC-BY-SA)

Sandwiched by Tunisia on one side and Egypt on the other, and with the Arab world’s longest sitting dictator, it was perhaps only a matter of time before the people of Libya got in on the protest craze sweeping the Middle East.

At least one person is dead and there are unconfirmed reports of more casualties as demonstrators across the country celebrate a “day of rage.”

BBC:

Amnesty International says a man was shot dead when security forces opened fire in the city of al-Bayda.

Police and protesters also clashed in Zentan and Benghazi, where one witness told the BBC at least 16 people are believed to have been killed.

This week’s protests are the first in Libya, where dissent is rarely allowed.

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By msgmi, February 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm Link to this comment
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Algeria is next to roll over and with its oil reserves comes another nation building plan.

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By PatrickHenry, February 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm Link to this comment

Yeah I agree with the demonstrators, its time for Gadaffi to retire and the people to vote in the next generations replacement(s).

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By Robert, February 18, 2011 at 11:17 am Link to this comment

Its time for Libya’s brutal dictator to get kicked out. His oppressive regime is no different than Tunis, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Syria, Jordan, Morocco…etc…

Its unsettling days for these thugs !!!

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By gerard, February 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

Truthdig:  What’s with the minimizing language—“got in on”—“day of rage”—“protest craze”??
Here’s the kind of thing we need to know:

Counterpunch:  Egypt Protest 2011 and Non-violence:

  Applying Non-Violent and Peaceful Means: From the outset, the organizers of the protests adhered to a strict code of non-violent and peaceful protests. They realized that the regime would crack down and employ brutal methods hoping to either deter or provoke them to use violence to justify even greater violence against them.
  Ahmad Maher, the coordinator of the April 6 Youth Movement explained in an interview with Al Jazeera English that non-violence was not a tactic but a strategy for the movement. For over two years, thousands of members debated the writings and methods of non-violent struggle, including those of Gandhi, King, and Gene Sharp of the Albert Einstein Institution in Boston, the sages of the use of non-violent means for social change.
Last year Maher’s second-in-command, Muhammad Adel, was dispatched to Serbia to meet with Srdja Popovic, a proponent of non-violent resistance and leader of the Otpor (Resistance) Movement, a group of young activists who helped depose Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. He came back to Cairo with DVDs and other educational and training materials that demonstrated in detail some of the non-violent means and civil disobedience techniques used to induce political change.
  When the protests in Egypt began, there were strict instructions for all participants not to carry any weapons, including knives, sticks, stones or sharp objects. They held signs that said this was a peaceful protest. When confronted by the police who tried to intimidate or beat them they would chant “peaceful, peaceful.”
  Even when the regime sent thousands of its goons on February 2 to beat them with sticks and sharp objects, attack them with Molotov cocktails, or even shoot them with live ammunition, the protesters only tried to defend themselves, refusing to employ violent means. When they arrested about 350 of the hired thugs, they refused to take revenge despite the dozens who were killed and thousands more injured.  They simply handed them over to the military units stationed nearby.
From Anatomy of Egypt’s Revolution, by Esam al-Amin

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