Soldiarity from the east
Demonstrators in the eastern part of the country, a region believed to be largely free from Gaddafi’s control , held protests in support for the demonstrations in the capital.
“Friday prayer in Benghazi have seen thousands and thousands on the streets. All the banners are for the benefit of the capital, [they are saying] ‘We’re with you, Tripoli.'” Al jazeera’s Laurence Lee reported.
Americaan media reports that it can’t show any pictures or videos because no one is posting them up on YouTube, and they have too few reporters to actually do their jobs. (They are however waving pom poms and flags.)
Update: We’ll see
There are unconfirmed reports of a major airbase in Tripoli falling into opposition hands. If true it would be a serious blow to the Libyan ruler’s attempts to cling to power in the capital. In much of the rest of the country the battle already appears lost.
While many people in the Middle East assume that the United States is rich enough and powerful enough to do more for Tripoli, the fact remains that it may not be in the Libyan peoples interests for us to do so, and replace one tyranny with our own. These are the two major strains of thought in American circles.
Reports coming in that Libyan security forces tried to seize back control of the coastal town of Zawiyah, about 50 kilometers west of Tripoli, but were driven back by government opponents,
2:55pm All diplomats at the Libyan embassy in New Delhi have now defected. Not just the ambassador but the entire embassy Al Jazeera has learned. An excerpt of the press release sent to Al Jazeera:
Libiya for Libiyans,
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has issued a harsh warning to the Libyan authorities urging Muammar Gaddafi to stop the brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters.
President Medvedev on Friday issued a special address dedicated to the Libyan unrest. It reads that Russia calls upon the Libyan authorities not to allow any further aggravation of the situation and destruction of the civilian population. Otherwise, the statement reads, such actions would be qualified as a crime with all consequences that could lead from it.
As I was saying…
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has warned Western countries against attempts of meddling in the Arab world to try to impose democracy.
Speaking after talks with the EU leadership, he said that previous efforts along those lines had led to victories for governments the West is now fighting to contain.
Just to note Gaddaffi’s remarks about Al Qaeada probably have something to do with the Davis situation in Pakistan and a report of his passing fissile and chemical and materials them. Update: I’m sure Boris has only good intentions too.
On his television channel, Allibiyah, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said Libya will be “open to all journalists” to “reveal the truth” of what has been taking place on the ground.
He is flagging the argument against claims of aerial bombings in Tripoli that some news networks spoke of after speaking to residents here on the phone.
It is an argument he will win because there were no aerial bombings in Tripoli.
So we can expect you to open the city to other news organizations?
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