Six Years of Libyan Revolution, Residents Regretfully Depose Gaddafi

The Libyan Revolution entered its sixth year without any positive change. The country is even trapped into endless chaos. Libyans regretfully overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.
tirto.id – The Libyan Revolution, which started from Benghazi in 2011 has entered its sixth year without any positive change. The country is even trapped into endless chaos. Most Libyans deplore Muammar Gaddafi’s overthrow, not because they love his regime but because his choice is not as expected.

Most Libyans, the revolution only produces riots and terrorist acts. Unrest and unsafe conditions replaced security six years ago. What is worse is corruption throughout Libya.

“When we demonstrate against the regime, we dream of freedom and enjoy our wealth, but we are now surrounded by criminals and warlords rather than enjoying our oil wealth, poverty has risen and citizens are helpless,” said a university lecturer in Libya, Jalal Features, as quoted Between, Saturday (18/2/2017).

Ibtisam Naili, a nurse in Tripoli, said the woman believed there was an international conspiracy in the revolution. “Those who demonstrate against the Gaddafi regime in 2011 are fooled by Libyan politicians abroad who desperately want power, they take power by brainwashing Libyan youth,” the nurse said.

Naili said Libya has been split as a result of the conflict across the country. “The West and east are separated and the result is three rival governments that recognize the legitimacy and two parliaments in the east and west, both claiming they represent the Libyan people,” Naili said.

Demonstrations against Gaddafi’s regime erupted on February 17, 2011 in the city of Benghazi, Eastern Libya, and quickly spread to other cities. A few weeks later, the peaceful demonstration turned into an armed conflict between Libyan guerrillas and Gaddafi forces.

In October 2011, militants captured and killed Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte and overthrew his regime, which has ruled for 42 years.

“We took to the streets spontaneously, we were united even though we did not know each other, we had high hopes and everyone was dreaming of a stable and prosperous new Libya but unfortunately not all wishes could come true,” said Mohamed An-Nemi, a guerrilla from Tripoli.

But the man did not lose hope for his country. “We will be patient and we have confidence in our goals despite the turmoil in our country, we remain optimistic about our future,” he said.

Najwa Al-Hami, a human rights activist, said that what happened in Libya was not a revolution. “How can this be a people’s revolution while three-quarters of people support Gaddafi?” so question Najwa Al-Hami.

“Is the protest by hundreds of people in every city a revolution? I believe the Western intelligence service is behind it to change Gaddafi’s regime through violence,” he said.

“The revolution belongs to every politician who has dual citizenship and has a bank account abroad, they are eager to celebrate the anniversary because that is the reason why they are in this position,” he said.

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