sabato 19 febbraio 2011

Libya at a crossroads. Events in the north-east.


The anti-regime protest action undertaken earlier this week with news of deaths from the northeastern city of Benghazi and Al Bayda have not yet reached a sufficient critical mass to pose a threat to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
The opposition leaders claim that thousands of demonstrators gathered, especially in the two main towns of Cyrenaica, although such events have not so far had the right coverage partly because of poor video and photographic material being available only short amateur videos and images of the protesters. Remarkable, in fact, is the lack of coverage by foreign media and the state television, not broadcast images of protesters.
Tripoli, the capital, has not been the scene of protest, unlike other major cities mentioned above. Eyewitnesses report that in the morning there were no security forces deployed in the city.
Hospital in Benghazi, according to sources not yet confirmed, some men in uniform of the security forces, have kidnapped three patients during the night who had been injured in the protests the previous day (perhaps an attempt to detain the protest leaders to interrupt their organization). The pro-government press, for its part, reports that about 1,000 prisoners escaped from the prison of Al Kuifya, later captured in part, be responsible for the fire of the courts of the city, a bank and a police station.
The news about the overall balance of the victims were mixed but we are talking about hundreds of deaths.
The Reuters news agency reported that police in Benghazi, had, in some cases, sympathized with the demonstrators. To counter this possibility, according to unconfirmed sources, government forces have resorted to the use of foreign mercenaries from neighboring Chad. This would be an interesting development of the situation in light of the fact the local police would take sides openly in support of the demonstrators created a situation that is absolutely critical.
Are also very limited data available about the protests in the cities of Zentani, Darnah, Ajdabiya.
According to Arbor Networks, a company specializing in Internet-based traffic surveillance in the United States, Internet access was completely blocked in Libya during the night before.
Although most of the city away from investing protests nerve centers of power in the region of Cyrenaica, this does not mean that the protests do not constitute a threat to Muammar Gaddafi and his regime. For its part, the leaders through the "Revolutionary Committees and the people," he threatened anti-government forces of repression "... devastating ...".
The opposition groups and the protesters if they managed to take root in those cities, they would represent, of course, a serious threat to the regime of Gaddafi. On the other hand we must not forget that in Tunisia recently, there has been a very similar situation. However, to date, the size of the protest did not seem to have reached a critical mass capable of calling into question the Gaddafi regime, but these events deserve to be monitored and evaluated with the utmost seriousness in relation to the effect that will produce in any case the whole North African context.