Events in Libya through the eyes of witnesses: Summary from February 28

6 March 2011 —

A very informative and honest report on the real situation in Libya. The so-called western media and Jazeera along with it, are clearly beyond all redemption.

We continue the publication of information, coming to the Editor of the St. Petersburg Center for Middle East Studies MEAST.RU from medical staff in Libya.

1. The situation in Tripoli and the western region (Tripolitania and the adjacent to the south of Fezzan) remains calm life of the city as a whole, returning back to normal.

Starting Thursday February 24th, 2011 banks operated again, today they were especially numerous clients as well because Gadhafi ordered to give all Libyans one-time financial assistance amounting to 500 dinars (about U.S. $ 400), and it began to issue these payments on February 27. Many stores are already open, schools and kindergartens as well as public institutions have reopened.

Mobile communications and the Internet continue to work. To improve the security bond to the accounts of users of mobile operators considerable resources were put into effect – first 10 dinars, then 20, then 100 or more, some of the foreigners were even set an unlimited connection.

All this is done not only to help people (in last Sunday during the riots there were some communication problems with the Al-Madara network – one of the two Libyan mobile services, and for the second one Libyana, it was difficult to get the payment card), but also within combating misinformation disseminated by al-Jazeera and Western media: people can now call into Benghazi to know that there are fights between the rebels and the army, and alarmed residents of Benghazi were glad to find that their relatives in Tripoli are not being bombarded. These measures have greatly contributed to stabilizing the country.

On Sunday (February 27) afternoon, one of our comrades, who is in Libya with his family went to visit friends in Tajhura (where the day before the alleged clash of protesters marched with the troops), there is quiet, no traces of conflict are to be observed. In addition, they traveled and beyond the town itself into one of the camps, located outside the city – the Centre for Nuclear Research in Tajhura (actually, the Center itself is located about a mile from the outskirts of Tajhura, the 20-th km of highway Tripoli-Benghazi). On the outskirts of the city they were once checked for their documents, the Libyans also checked, especially those traveling by jeep-truck – they also inspected for transport of weapons.

Around the highway near TSYAI ‘Tajhura’ stood 6 tanks – in all probability, for the protection of the nuclear research object. When they in the afternoon returned back home to Tripoli, the tanks that were earlier in place were no longer there – they last tank had finished loading for transportation, which suggests that the authorities consider the situation in the area is completely normal. In addition, on the way back to the post at the entrance to their city they were not verified and all passing cars were stopped less often.

NB: Today, in the morning edition of Rosssiyskih News were reports that Zawiya came under the power of ‘opposition’ and that the ‘popular crowd’ were going (or already gone) to campaign against Tripoli. Specifically Ukrainian physicians in Zawiya were called for information. Everything is still calm. At one point, intoxicated teenagers holding a gathering were broken up on Thursday evening (and for medical help at the hospital 16 wounded people received easy minor treatment, there was not any need for any anaesthetic, even the duty anesthesiologist was not called upon for any task), in Zawiya all is quiet. Moreover, Armed Personnel Carriers (APCs) were removed which had stood near the hospital. So we face another provocation of Western media concerning Zawiya.

2. Evacuation. February 26 late in the evening a 2nd Ukrainian aircraft flew to Kiev, aiming to evacuate their citizens. Characteristically, the Ukrainian Embassy was unable to fill the aircraft and had to ring up the embassy and other companies in order to get a flight, resulting in a significant part of the passengers being Russians, other CIS citizens and foreigners, rather than Ukrainians.

3 thousand Ukrainian doctors decided to stay in Libya. The evacuation was organized very well – within hours people went through all the formalities related to the departure gate, they did not have to wait half a day at the airport, as it was during the panic evacuation of the first batch of Russian citizens.

3. A message was received from health professionals working in Adzhalyate (a town about 70 km from Tripoli to the side of Tunisia), that the city people surrender weapons, and as promised Gaddafi, no sanctions have followed. [Apparently, some number of weapons were brought into the region from the east before attempting the mutiny of 20/21 February.]

4. New information about the attempt to ‘mutiny’ on the night of 20 to 21 February.

One of our informants were able to contact with their classmates from Tripoli [explanation: in the school of the Russian Embassy in Libya there are not only the children of Russian diplomats and employees studying, but also the children of mixed marriages that remain after graduation to live and work in Libya, but they often retain connection with their Russian friends], their parents and friends (ie, Libyans or mixed), so that we have received new information on the situation in the capital, complementing the already available information.

In particular, it turned out that one of your friends is now living at the beginning of Gargarash Street, just opposite the Palace of the People’s Congresses, which was said to be burned during an attempted ‘rebellion’ in that night from Sunday 20th to Monday 21st. She said that at this point there at the General People’s Congress … there simply was no one present to guard it! There not only was not any enhanced protection, but in general there was no one! She watched all of this ‘storm’ from the window – a noisy crowd of young hooligans (of course, is her personal rating, generally characteristic of adult Libyans, the media referred to them as ‘revolutionaries’ or ‘opposition’) just got into the vacant building, smashing windows and destroying all that came to hand, and then set fire to the building. There was not even any shooting.

Doctors working in the Central Hospital (Mustashfa Markazi), located next to the Office of Safety – one of the main places of the clashes of the night of 20/21 February, said that to him that the morgue received killed about 25 young people, but they were not the Libyans, but Egyptians. In general, as they say themselves Libyans in the riots in Tripoli attended (and were pioneers) mainly guest workers – the Egyptians (and there are in Libya a variously estimated 1 to 1, 5 million foreign guest workers) and Tunisians, and Algerians, Moroccans and Blacks (mainly refugees from Southern Sudan). [That’s why Gaddafi, in his speech said that the provocateurs had ‘gone astray’ and dragged behind them some Libyan youth, and urged Libyans to settle down and surrender their arms, promising a full pardon.

Gaddafi himself understands that he is dealing with a typical ‘export revolution’, when mishandled subversive groups and provocateurs play on the feelings and instincts of the inexperienced, which must be confessed, a youthful and ambitious stupidly-naive Libyan Youth]. Moreover, it is said that the participation in the demonstrations Egyptians and Tunisians received a thousand, and even up to 2 thousand dinars [for guest-workers a lot of money – 3 or 4 months’ salary; Blacks are prepared to work for just 200 dinars per month.] [This confirms information received by Mathaba that Soros is spending a lot of cash in the region for his ‘Twitter revolutions’]

5. The situation on the border with Tunisia and Egypt.

Thousands of ‘refugees’, which the media say did cross the border with Egypt, as well as on the Tunisian border were said to have no accumulated several thousand waiting people. Lost work (temporary stoppage of construction, the cessation of work of many Western companies, etc.) resulted naturally in many moving back home (qualification for the many low waged, including the possibility of waiting for the end of the Troubles ‘at his own expense’ is a luxury many do not have).

In the evening Voskresnm Reportage 1 channel was showing these ‘Libyan refugees on the border of Tunisia’ – but there was no Libyans shown: they were all Tunisians, Algerians, Egyptians, and Blacks from different tribes.

[Incidentally, in the Tripoli airport there are now many Blacks sitting – notice they are there and the photographs and video reports. They use their chance in the hope ‘on the sly under the guise of refugees to achieve their cherished goal – Europe.’ We remind you that Libya is a major transit center for Blacks of southern Sudan and other troubled countries in Africa toward Central Europe. Italy even signed a special agreement with Libya on combating illegal immigration, and provided military patrol boats for this purpose and in recent years, Libya has successfully coped with the mission to protect the Italian coast, and ‘chistolyubivye’ Blacks in bright orange form draili roads and sidewalks in Tripoli and other Libyan cities].

6. Army.

Contrary to the statements of the media, the Libyan army, still remains true to Gaddafi – with the exception of some deserters, which sometimes are shown on the media. It should be noted that the Russian (and not only Russian) experts who are going to remove the ferry from Ras Lanuf, protects the army and they are not threatened – contrary to some media claims that they ‘are surrounded by an angry mob’ whose ‘intent is unknown.’

However, the army in the Libyan city is not deployed, but only carries out patrols and checks of transport on arrival in Tripoli and some other cities. In the east, the army units guarding the foreign workers in Ras Lanuf and others stand around in Benghazi, on the other sections of the dislocation in the East, we do not have accurate information.

– Remember that the army was ordered not to fire on demonstrators, and only in extreme cases, to fire at their legs. In the blame on Gadhafi, rather, we can put that he did NOT suppress statements by the rebels: The Libyan Leader naively believed that if he would not use military force to disperse the demonstrators, he could not be blamed and, accordingly, there would not be any complaints from the ‘world community. Empty dream! Iraq has also had no nuclear weapons, but that did not prevent its destruction because it allegedly had them.

– Stories of Black mercenaries ‘murtazaki’, receiving 2 thousand dollars a day and that al-Qadhafi personally awards them 400 euros for each killed a Libyan) is another myth of the Western media. With their own eyes no one has seen them, and in reality, they also do not exist. Although the Libyan army does have Blacks in it, but comparably less than that of the U.S.. This is due to the fact that in Libya (mainly in southern regions) is the root of the Negroid population (they are not refugees but Black Libyans), but it is small in size. (About the Negro ‘fighters for democracy and human rights’ that were brutally beaten in front of television cameras in a live Russian TV – it is not known, but by a strange aberration of media consciousness that miserable was intended to demonstrate the ‘bloodlust’ of the Libyan regime).

7. The situation in the East of Libya (Cyrenaica with the main city of Benghazi).

The most complex and ambiguous situation is in the East. There, unrest began earlier than in Tripoli – February 15 to Feb. 17, when they evolved into violent clashes, with the victims ended, as in the West, by 21 February, when the agitation stopped and the order in a city (and the eastern region as a whole) has been restored.

[A small digression – based on Sunday’s live broadcast on a channel. Those who watched the report Irada Zeynalova from Benghazi probably noticed interviews with Ukrainian doctor-anesthesiologist. The doctor clearly stated that ‘the wounded began to arrive on 17 February and went to the stream for 4 days and then it was all over, and the first two days there were wounded with gunshot wounds to the limbs, and on the 3rd and 4th day began to arrive, those with wounds to the head . (NB. The anaesthesiologist is a key figure, without it there is not any major surgery conducted, and the number of such is insignificant in Libya, this is done by Ukrainians).

This is fully consistent with the information received from the military that the army was ordered not to fire on protesters, but in the air and arms are used only in case of attacks on protected objects, and not to shoot to kill, but to shoot at the legs. This order, as we see, was closely followed during the first days of unrest, and the only threat to their own lives and the inability to stop and feel the pain of young people forced the military to finally use the weapons.

Message itself from the reporter is that the hospital retains ‘only serious’ patients (assuming that the wounded was originally much higher than it is now – since removed the picture packed to the chambers it did not work for their lack of it) – is not serious: events took place a week ago and even a bullet wound in the limb during this time can not be disinfected. At the same time demonstrated footage did not show any particular congestion – in palath in excellent conditions are some sick, not so much; themselves physicians, according to the same report, saying that medicine lacks, and they cope.

[Mathaba Editor: one single French ‘doctor’ who ran out of Libya at the first sign of any trouble, said he saw two thousand dead in Benghazi hospital. He was widely quoted by foreign media and also by French senior politicians and even other senior international figures. One white man can tell a big lie and it reaches the world and has big consequences, but one million Blacks can tell the truth and it has no effect on the media.]

The young Libyan ‘opposition leader’, shouting that the hospitals had received ‘hundreds of wounded’ – was nothing more than a propaganda duck, contrary to the anesthesiologist saying that after those 4 days of receipt of the wounded the confrontation ended.]

So, February 21, was finally cleaned up in Benghazi and other cities, including Tobruk [there is located one of the Ukrainian physicians, which is constant communication – note that in spite of lamentations of Irada Zeynalova, communication with Tobruk worked all this week without a glitch in any case, starting from Tuesday].

However, the introduction of order does not mean the establishment of control over the city by the military – as in Tripoli, the army was not introduced in Benghazi, the troops were and are now outside the city and protect the military facilities.

Restoration of order means the termination of unrest and mass demonstrations: to crush all that was possible (police stations, a number of government agencies, airport, etc.), but eventually got the teeth and have been unable to capture weapons caches (stores destroyed from the air, although some of the weapons still fell into the hands ‘the opposition’), the rebels have died down, someo were under the influence of drugs, most recovered from a psychosis of self-destruction.

On the other hand, residents of the city (most of them did not participate in the riots), organized resistance to the thugs in their neighborhoods. As a result, revolutionary fervor came to nothing, and on Monday in Benghazi began to restore order, and on Tuesday all traces of the massacre have been dropped, and the streets are swept.

It should be noted that the efforts of the Leader of Libyan Revolution in Libya created a system of ‘direct democracy’ – through the people’s congresses (assembly) and committees – on the street level, region, city and country. People gather in such village meetings as in the old Russia and solve various issues relating to how local government, and serious problems facing the country as a whole (similar to our referendum – for example, for the important amendment to the law).

This is reminiscent of the Soviets in the early period of Soviet rule and, in turn, people’s congresses of the traditional society, what still remains very much and the Libyan society. This is a very efficient mechanism set up Gaddafi according to the prescription outlined in his ‘Green Book’, although somewhat formalized to date, allows the city to the East in a power vacuum to establish relative order, in addition, work has continued with a number of municipal services, including the cleaning of streets.

After restoring order there is the question of restoring government in general – and to proclaim their own ‘independence’.

In Tripoli, which occurred about the same, there was no doubt – the emergence of al-Qadhafi and his son Seif-ul-Islam on the TV, and especially the appeal to the Leader of the Libyan people on Tuesday, again reassured people that the leader of them, has not run away and is not going to escape, and people unconditionally supported the government.

On Friday, a few groups of young people trying to start a new rally in Tripoli was thwarted, and the reinstatement of state authority in the West of Libya was concluded.

Firstly, in Cyrenaica (the East of Libya) there was always present some kind of opposition sentiment: the regard of Benghazians to Tripolitanians (and more so to himself as a Bedouin Qaddafi) is somewhat arrogant, they are traditionally considered barbarians and ‘Bedouins’, considering Benghazi to be the cultural capital of Libya (in addition, it also was the capital city at the time of Imam).The situation is somewhat similar to relations between Moscow and Leningrad. However, all this frustration that less cultured and educated, being the capital, get used to a greater share of the pie, does not mean the existence of any strong ‘separatist’ tendencies.

Just as some discontent in the greater security of Moscow does not cause discontent thinking about secession, and though there exists the idea of ‘Ingria’ as a separate state there, but hardly this is to be taken seriously. The frustration of Benghazians was not more serious: the idea of secession, no one seriously put forward.

Therefore, the townspeople were in a difficult situation: on whose side to stand up, especially since most of the adult population still supports al-Gaddafi. Even the border Tobruk (where managers can easily, in case of changing the situation, flee to Egypt, which gives them more courage) did not immediately decided to proclaim a new power: the flag of the Imam as a symbol of independence was finally raised on the central square by a small group of young activists. They were just resisted by nobody: ordinary people who respect themselves, they sit at home and do not participate in rallies, while the army was ordered not to intervene.

In Benghazi, though even after a long time, the past week (even people who were in those days in Benghazi, initially could not clearly say what power was in the city, just near the end of the week were cautious to say that it seems to be in the hands of the ‘opposition’).

Libyans in Tripoli said that the opposition in the East, having failed to arrange for proper management and security, appealed to Gaddafi to start negotiations, and that such negotiations are under way at present – agreed on the conditions under which the East will agree to re-admit the power of Tripoli.

An indirect confirmation of this is the fact that Libyan banks after a break on Thursday started simultaneously in all of Libya – in Tripoli and Benghazi, and even frankly ‘opposition’ Tobruk. The banking system (as, indeed, many other systems) preserves the unity of the whole country.

All this explains the massive information attack on Gaddafi by al-Jazeera, and Western media.

On the one hand, it is stories about that all the new cities and military units move to the side of the ‘opposition’ (which in fact had not even been identified – whether it wants to be the opposition or not) that the leaders there are fewer supporters in the cities to the west and even in Tripoli are demonstrations and a military clash with the rest of ‘mercenaries’ Gaddafi, etc.

– To create the illusion that the leader of all the remainder and his ‘regime’ are in agony. Who in this situation will be resolved to support al-Gaddafi, who even managed, according to the media, to escape to Venezuela?

At the same time, central Libya’s announcement to the east is limited, and the main source of information is pro-American al-Jazeera, which started the company outright slander against Libya and its government (of which there are only publicized on al-Jazeera ‘bombing residential areas of Tripoli, including Fashlyum – located one kilometer from the Russian embassy and adjacent to the headquarters offices of RAO Railroad, who built the railroad in Libya!’).

But the demoralization and wavering supporters are not the only way of psychological pressure. Importantly – there is direct pressure from the West [Mathaba: when people say ‘West’ they mean the ‘White World of White Hall and White House’ – it is time to stop using this respectful term as in the ‘Wild West’ — people who did not shower nor bathe, and spread VD around the world. It is time to be honest and say ‘White World’ — since the masses in the White World benefited and continue to benefit from the past centuries of plunder of the resources of the Black World].

By creating the myth of the thousands of victims in the suppression of statements of opposition, the West [White World] has condemned al-Gaddafi [a non-White pro-Black World] and started preparing sanctions against Libya.

However, this has not persuaded Benghazi to issue a declaration of independence. Then [the White World] went into effect with a trump card – the threat of military invasion. Since mid-day on Thursday, the rhetoric of Western leaders has changed: first speeches sounded about the use of any means to ‘save the Libyan people from genocide’ appeared fantastic and reported that Gaddafi had mined oil pipelines and threatened to blow them up (some media even claimed that some he has even blown up already).

In response to the mythical threat of undermining the oil fields, open statements about military intervention were sounded. Already on Thursday night off the shores of Eastern Libya NATO warships appeared. In the future there will be the need for military intervention, if Gaddafi will not go himself, said Barack Obama, and, in one form or another, this was echoed by a number of European politicians.

Unanimous sanctions against Libya is not an immediate threat to it (rather, it is a blow to Russia – to pluck contracts to supply weapons worth 4 billion dollars.), but creates additional psychological pressure on the wavering people and in preparing the grounds for military action.

Those living in Benghazi and the region (like the Libyans, of course, including the leader himself) soon realized that they are preparing a military invasion of NATO, in order to take control of Libyan oil (to ‘save’ it from the sabotage by the supporters of al-Qadhafi).

The main oil fields are located in the south-east of the country in the desert regions between Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, which take no present labor. In this situation, the East is cut off from Tripoli and will be easily occupied by NATO forces, if it refuses to cooperate and tries to resist.

In this situation, the Benghazi ‘city fathers’ seem to have wavered, and on Saturday night announced the establishment of the opposition government led by the former Minister of Justice of the country, Mustafa Mohamed Aboud Adzhleylem, which became the main theme of the day on Sunday.

Verifying this information is not yet possible, but in this case is symptomatic of sending a message that the names of other members of the ‘transitional government’ is not known. This suggests that regarding the other (in fact representatives of city and district Benghazi) has not yet made any final decision, and probably is still under negotiations with Gaddafi, so that if the situation stabilizes (ie, if not taking a military invasion of U.S. and NATO) and goes over to his side.

Americans have expressed about the ‘sounding out of the ground in Benghazi.’ Such restraint, or indicates that the final agreement (despite unprecedented pressure) has not yet been achieved, or is an attempt to conceal his role in creating a ‘transitional government’. Which assumption is correct will become clear in the coming days.

And the final touch – information from a purely ‘opposition’ Tobruk: city residents are afraid – but not ‘mercenaries’ of Gaddafi, and … the NATO intervention. The American bombing of Benghazi in 1986 is still fresh in the memory of the older generation. And unlike the ‘brutality of mercenaries Gaddafi’ they were real and not virtual realities. And the example of Iraq is more insistent on the horizon.

8. More about the ‘Libyan myths’ in the media: the bombers escaped.

Everyone remembers the message that the two Libyan Air Force bomber refused to bomb the beloved city of Tripoli and flew to Malta. Then, in view of the apparent smallness of these aircraft, not similar to the bombers (the fighters), the text behind the scenes was changed to ‘military aircraft’ and refusing ‘to shoot at his own people.’ But the amazing thing, the pilots themselves were not shown in an interview they did not have – simply the prohibitive modesty of the western media!

Here is information from a Ukrainka living in Libya (apparently in Sabrata (or Surmane) – a small town about 70 km west of Tripoli) – she wrote about it in comments to the article on Nicholas Starikov ( http://nstarikov. ru/blog/8362 # Comments ):

‘Libya: February 26th, 2011’

Thanks for the writing the truth! And then just disgusting already read in Libya wants to break all in one fell swoop and all! I live in Libya, 5 years, and now am remaining here too. I am not going to evacuate, because it makes no sense! We live 70 km to the west of Tripoli, and we have only 1 night when there was a riot, yeah, cop fired stations, but now they’re all together color and whiten them.

In Adzhilyate (80 km west of Tripoli) they burned down the court, where lay the case on drug trafficking, and that? After the speech, the Leader, said there was ready list of the mongers – it was kids, on steroid or brothers, of those whose lists were in court.

At the moment, the situation is normal, shops, gas stations, all work … but the most interesting front and sundry to read, please stay!

A friend of a friend of my family worked at the airport from two fighter aircraft which flew to Malta and the two alleged Libyan pilots asked for asylum, in fact, the French fighter jets and pilots are the French, they were teaching and the contract was written, in case of any misunderstandings, the technique should leave the country, here they flew to Malta! Somehow, the media, the beetles have missed them interview?? How could these 2 pilots quickly evaporate somewhere from the airport …. strange not seem to work the media.

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