Trouble in Tripoli

Seif al-Islam Gadhafi’s threats and lies on Libyan state television last night seem to be not working:

During the day Monday, a fire was raging at the People’s Hall, the main hall for government gatherings where the country’s equivalent of a parliament holds its sessions several times a year, the pro-government news web site Qureyna said. It also reported the first major sign of discontent in Gadhafi’s government, saying justice minister Mustafa Abdel-Jalil resigned from his post to protest the “excessive use of force against unarmed protesters.”

The capital was largely shut down, with schools, government offices and most stores closed, as armed members of pro-government organizations called “Revolutionary Committees” circulated in the streets hunting for protesters in Tripoli’s old city, said one protester, named Fathi.

The protests and violence were the heaviest yet in the capital of 2 million people, a sign of how unrest was spreading after six days of demonstrations in eastern cities demanding the end of the elder Gadhafi’s rule.

I think the “problem” is these tin pot dictators around the world didn’t cut off the feed from Egypt in time. Their people have now seen with their own eyes that if The People stand up and stick together, they can topple the dictators. The People are inspired, the genie is out of the bottle, and dictators everywhere better have an escape route planned.

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2 Responses to Trouble in Tripoli

  1. Gripweed says:

    It’s okay. Didn’t you know that Libya was selected as chair of the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2003? They must be okay. The U.N. said so.

  2. doug potter says:

    Another mad man across the water

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