Monday, February 14, 2011

February 17: Day of Anger in Libya


Is Col. Moammar Gadhafi untouchable?
Internet activists will challenge one of the most autocratic governments in the Arabian region, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
Activists abroad, bloggers, social media geeks and an unknown number of Libyans within the oil-rich North African country are planning to stage demonstrations on Thursday against Gadhafi who reigned since 1969.
A report by Asharq al Awsat--an Arab daily which is published in the UK and is financed by Saudi--was quoted by Ansamed to have said that the National Conference of Libyan Opposition will hold a "mass demonstration" against the Libyan dictator on Thursday.
17 February was chosen "to commemorate the victims of the Intifada which rose up in Bengasi" in 2006 to protest against the publication of the cartoon image of Prophet Mohammed in Europe, an act that is offensive to the followers of Islam.
There are reports that the said date is also known as the "Day of Anger" in Libya.
The statement of the opposition group was quoted by the Arab newspaper, "We call on all forces inside and outside Libya to commemorate that event with activities and demonstrations at various levels. We hope to have learned the lesson of the victory of the Tunisian Intifada."
Meanwhile, a report by WTMA said that the Libyan despot held a string of meetings with high-ranking officials concerning the possible staging of colossal protests.
The report further said that if and when Gadhafi will be unseated, there will be a question of who will be the next in command. The country has no formal constitution and therefore, no legal means to determine who the successor will be.
Speculations have it that two of the ruler's seven sons as possible heirs.
Details of this story here.
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