February 18, 2011
Libya, yes indeed, the Whole Qadhdhafi
Some blood curdling news out of Libya
Violence in Bahrain and Libya: live updates | World news | guardian.co.uk
9.13pm GMT - Libya:
Protesters are "committing suicide" according to the chilling statement from the Revolutionary Committees – an integral part of Gaddafi's regime – published on the Azzahf al-Akhdar website:
The response of the people and the Revolutionary Forces to any adventure by these small groups will be sharp and violent.
The power of the people, the Jamahiriya, the Revolution and the leader are all red lines, and anyone who tries to cross or approach them will be committing suicide and playing with fire.
9pm GMT - Libya:
The Guardian's Ian Black and Owen Bowcott report on the day's chaos in Libya:
Diplomats reported the use of heavy weapons in Benghazi, Libya's second city, and "a rapidly deteriorating situation" in the latest Arab country to be hit by serious unrest.
Amid a near-total official news blackout, fragmentary information and a ban on journalists entering Libya, there was a blizzard of rumours and claims about killings by mercenaries and defections by members of the security forces.
In one highly significant development, prisoners were reported to have escaped en masse from al-Jadida jail in the capital, Tripoli, which has so far been calm.
Yes, I think my BD is right out.
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"In one highly significant development, prisoners were reported to have escaped en masse from al-Jadida jail in the capital, Tripoli, which has so far been calm."
This sounds like a classic police-state-in-crisis MO, rather than an actual security lapse. Let prisoners escape, encourage looting and arrange demonstrator-on-demonstrator clashes, to show the people why they need a tough guy like yourself in charge.
Posted by: alle at February 18, 2011 06:14 PM