Posts from Libya Thursday 24 to Saturday 26


Two of my reports from Libya in Proceso magazine (Spanish):

http://www.proceso.com.mx/rv/modHome/detalleExclusiva/88786

http://www.proceso.com.mx/rv/pda/detalleExclusiva/88892

 

(Post Thu24) We crossed the Libyan border today and made it to the city of Tobruk. Trevor and me teamed up with three other journos, Francesca (Italy), Jorge (Spain) and Walid (Egypt)

(Post Thu24) Tobruk was celebrating one week since liberation. People seemed really happy to see journalists, they want their story to be heard in the world. We went to a ransacked Army base

(Post Thu24) People are crying for their four neighbors killed by sniper shots in the same square where our hotel is at. Two burned police buildings remind us the battle. Bank, library, school: all other constructions were untouched

(Post Thu24) Saif al Islam, Gaddafi’s son, said journalists are welcome in Libya. Thanks, but his dad said we all are Al Qaeda members and will be treated as outlaws if found by his forces

(Post Fri25) From my window, I saw the hotel guard shooting his shotgun to air to scare people with guns, at midnight. For a moment I thought it was about us, journalists

(Post Fri25) I’m in Bengazi, all fine so far. I just witnessed the creation of the first revolutionary administration in Lybia. The rebels behave so well, they even let Human Rights Watch check their prisoners and freely talk to us

(Post Fri25) The people I’ve spoken too here in Lybia are really hurt by so much killing, thousands. In their mobiles phone they showed me human bodies… or pieces of bodies… after the tanks crushed them. I’m still shocked

(Post Fri25) Gadafi has used artillery against unarmed civilians, and has ordered the air force to bomb his own people. He executes those who refuse to obey, like 17 pilots and 25 police. Even Ahmadinejad said Gadafi is completely crazy

(Post Fri25) Having a crazy man as enemy is the worst thing. Tunisia’s Ben Ali and Egypt’s Mubarak left, but Gadafi will fall down to the abyss only if he takes everybody with him. He really wants to destroy the country

(Post Fri25) People are showing us horrible videos in their mobile phones: shootings, killings, lynchings, people crushed by tanks… no words

(Post Fri25) People told me they are afraid that Gadafi will do something terrible before he falls, like an act of revenge with bombs or gas, against a city –Bengazi or Tripoli. I’ve never seen something like this

(Post Fri25) Anyway, the atmosphere is amazing here in Eastern Libya, there are shootings and there is a lot of fear, but the people are incredibly nice to us, and they’re happy because they taste freedom for the first time ever

(Post Sat26) As Egyptians, Libyans are behaving with a lot of civism during their revolution. Here in the East, they are trying to quickly reorganise their administration.

(Post Sat26) I got mixed feelings, though. The Army and Air Force officers who have joined the Revolution told us this is a movement of the youth and they are here only to protect them. This means they won’t help Tripoli

(Post Sat26) The new civilian administration is saying the same thing: supporting the fight in the West is a matter of individual volunteers, no broad, organised effort is being made to push ahead

(Post Sat26) They could be trying to conceal plans to attack Gadafi. But if what they’re telling us is true, a lot of civilians are being left to fend for themselves and this war might go into a bloody impasse

(Post Sat26) The lack of organisation and the communications shutdown means nobody has an exact picture of what’s happening. To many of our questions, the revolutionary leaders respond quoting Al Jazeera

(Post Sat26) There was a combat 10 kilometres away from here, three people died. But that’s just a rumour, no one can confirm. We went to an Air Force base near Benghazi in an escorted convoy: sign of near danger

(Post Sat26) Yesterday, I saw a Chadian man that seemed to have just died. They said he was a mercenary. Maybe. But other African prisoners are probably not: people beat them and arrested them for being black

(Post Sat26) A very good thing is that Human Rights Watch enjoys full access to prisoners taken by the revolutionaries. They have suffered themselves unfair imprisonment, torture and mistreatment

(Post Sat26) Selected Western media arrived in Tripoli, invited by Gaddafi’s son. They attended a Gaddafi’s press conference. This is the regime’s media counterattack. We’re still considered oulaws, though

I’m using a satellital connection set up by an Al Jazeera team in Benghazi. Internet is totally shutdown and phones disconnected from the global network. So I’m offline

7 responses to “Posts from Libya Thursday 24 to Saturday 26

  1. Hey Temoris! It is good you got one post in. Nice to hear your Libyan adventure goes well.

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/lara-logan-attacked-again-this-time-by-yellow-journalists/

    You are getting attacked in American press by former OJ Simpson trial lawyer. Probably not much of concern now given your situation, but just head’s up. Was wondering when you would post from ancient Cyrenaica!

  2. Hey Temoris, don’t know if you’re getting the word from media, but Obama told Ghaddafi to go away from Libya today. He is aiming anti-aircraft weapons at his opponents in Tripoli. Opened the defense armories to his supporters, arming them and sending them into the streets. Be careful Temoris!

    Also, the North Koreans are acting up again. Threatening to destroy ROK villages south of DMZ if USA and ROK go military exercises. Events in Middle East appear to be driving other rogue regimes half-world away to lash out. Figured you would like to know. Be careful!

  3. Hope all is going well for you in Libya, given nothing else is sounds like. Western military action is being pondered by powers-that-be to force the dear Colonel out of power. And your post on Lara Logan has degenerated I’m afraid to say, more entertaining than informative at this point. A lot of posts though!

  4. Hola Temoris: me envio un amigo por twitter tu post sobre Lara Logan. Pues, increible que estuviste alli y aun mas de tener la fortaleza de ir contra la “opinion hegemonica” del EEUU. De hecho no pude dejar este mensaje en el post por lo cual lo dejo aqui. Lo he vinculado el post con uno mio a cerca el genero y raza y periodismo: A Different Angle to Women Reporting on Conflict: Beyond Lara Logan: http://sunnysinghonline.blogspot.com/2011/02/different-angle-to-women-reporting-on.html
    Te mando saludos con muchos recuerdos de tu pais bello – era el primer pais donde empene como periodista y tengo buenos recuerdos de DF.
    Saludos cordiales. SS

  5. Is it all clear? I think its all clear! Just wanted to say I’m still interested in what you’re up to in Libya Temoris. Sounds like quite an adventure, but very dangerous too. Given the long history with Ghaddafi and the USA, most in USA are pulling for rebels…assuming they know there is civil war in Libya at all, which is probably minority of people here.

    Also, I read that article posted by your friend Sunny. It was a great read, good perspective on being in somebody else’s shoes.

    Thanks again and good luck!

  6. Hi Paul and Sunny!

    Sorry por this late response, my inbox was terribly flooded by comments for the Logan’s post and I didn’t now someone had posted here.

    I just came back from the front line in Ras Lanuf, it’s a pity but this rebel army or whatever it is is hopeless, dramatic. There’s real danger for this revolution because of this. But also, many people are eager to profit on the situation, including my hotel, where I must go to have an argument over charges right after I send my story today, so I have to go now.

    Just wanted to say hi, cheers!

  7. Well, Paul, things are getting nastier in Libya. The balance of forces seems to be tilting towards Gaddafi, while his thugs are making life really difficult for his media “invitees” in Tripoli. Here in Benghazi, someone threw two grenades against our hotel’s entrance and smashed it, today at 4am. Then armed men kidnapped a Jordanian medic from his room. And the rebels captured two other men with grenades at another hotel full of journos. Ooops!

    Still, Benghazi feels way safer than Ciudad Juárez.

    Sunny, truth is that I don’t feel anything special for being against whatever hegemonic opinion in the US. It’s never been important to me and it’s not starting to be now. Paul had the kindness to make me note this guys Dan Abrams post against me, but I didn’t even know who he was and whatever he can say makes a difference equal to zero. So there is no bravery in this, I don’t have anything at stake, I just did what I thought was right.
    I wrote this in English so that Paul can read it too, for he posted that link.

    Muchas gracias por tu comentario. También leí tu artículo, es muy interesante la forma en que se ve desde la perspectiva de una mujer no blanca.

    You might want to take a look of this photo gallery of Libyan women of the revolution I set up on Facebook for the International Women’s Day: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=279356&id=518893016&fbid=10150117991543017

    Cheers and good luck!!!

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