Libya: the Muslim majority speaks – and acts

September 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm (africa, anti-fascism, Champagne Charlie, democracy, good people, humanism, islamism, Libya, Middle East, Sheer joy, solidarity)

This should have been headline news everywhere:

Unarmed people power drums Libya’s jihadists out of Benghazi

These were the incredible scenes in Benghazi as tens of thousands of ordinary citizens marched on the Islamic extremists in their compounds and drove them out with shouts, placards and sheer courage  

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The Observer 23 Sept 2012

A Libyan man gestures as thousands of people march in Benghazi during a protest against militias

Above: A Libyan man gestures as thousands of people march in Benghazi during a protest against militias on 21 September, 2012. Photograph: Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images

As fires blazed and protesters danced in the ruined compound of a vanquished jihadist militia, I watched as the citizens of the Libyan city of Benghazi staged a dramatic display of raw people power.Numbed by the murder of an American ambassador in their city, furious with jihadist militias lording it over them and frustrated by a government too chaotic and intimidated to react, ordinary Benghazians took matters into their own hands.

Elsewhere in the world jihadists staged fiery attacks on foreign targets. In Libya they were sent running by people power. A rally called to Rescue Benghazi on Friday night became the launch pad for a spontaneous retaking of the streets, and more – a retaking of the soul that saw this city become the cradle of last year’s Arab spring revolution.

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