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‘February Revolution’ Still Divides Libyans, Eight Years after Toppling Gaddafi

‘February Revolution’ Still Divides Libyans, Eight Years after Toppling Gaddafi

Sunday, 17 February, 2019 - 12:00
Libyans celebrate the 4th anniversary of the revolution in Tripoli on Feb. 17. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
Cairo - Jamal Jawhar
There were no ceremonial signs in cities east Libya to mark the 8th anniversary of "Feb 17 revolution" that toppled Moammar al-Gaddafi in 2011, contrary to the west of the country which witnessed carnival scenes. The division was clear amid accusations against the political Islam bloc of ruining the ‘popular revolution’.

Since Friday evening, citizens of all ages have been arriving at squares and fields in Tripoli and nearby cities.

February High Committee said that the citizens’ marches kicked off on Saturday from the Royal Palace of Tripoli to the Martyrs' Square, Tripoli.

The occasion saw a variety of shows, including music and arts' parades. The national flag was raised in the capital as the night hours came.

Chairwoman of the media committee of the February High Committee Awatif Al-Teshani reported that the official program of the celebration will start early Sunday morning with entertainment activities, scheduled to end with an enormous concert for Nawal Ghachem and Libyan singers.

Lawyer Ali Emlaimedi said that Feb. 17 was the revolution of a nation to demand its rights such as freedom and living with dignity, especially that Libya is a state rich with oil and funds. He told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that some entities that have other agendas, including the Muslim Brotherhood, stole the revolution just like in Egypt and Tunisia.

The Libyan Interior Ministry, on behalf of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, called on Libyans to accomplish a real reconciliation among them to build the state far from conflicts that have overburdened the citizen and the country.

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