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Libya: the revolution is not over

Issue No. 2243

Much of the media acts as if the revolution in Libya is over. This is far from the truth. Across the country soldiers have resisted Gaddafi’s orders.

In Misurata, to the west, rebels found a burned-out government armoured vehicle with the drivers handcuffed to their seats. Other government troops mutinied when ordered to attack the town.

And as the pro-Gaddafi forces make some advances, ordinary people are retreating together with the rebels.

Many in Libya are not prepared to accept Gaddafi’s rule. The regime controls areas it has retaken by brute force alone.

On Tuesday, the rebels announced the formation of an 8,000-strong army.

The push into the east from Gaddafi’s army is a real threat. But the rebel stronghold Benghazi is a city of a million, and the towns surrounding it have large populations who have fought for the revolution.

People are prepared to die for this revolution and they are fighting for their freedom, not for the imperialist control of Libya.

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Tue 15 Mar 2011, 18:46 GMT
Issue No. 2243
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