In Libië, dat vorig jaar door de NATO werd bevrijd, is vrijwel exact een jaar na de moord op Gaddafi weer een Libische stad bevrijd. Bani Walid is verwoest. We zien weer beelden van verwoeste huizen, overal puin en bloed, van bloedige mannen en gewonde kinderen, van gruwelijk lijden. Vorig jaar september lag Bani Walid ook zwaar onder vuur. In deze stad was de aanhang van Gaddafi krachtig, maar toch niet bestand tegen de gewapende NATO-rebellen.
De herdenking van de sterfdag van Gaddafi op 18 oktober ging gepaard met verwarrende berichten, maar de beschieting van Bani Walid door milities uit Misrata was duidelijk. Een paar dagen later bleek het Libische regeringsleger ook betrokken bij de belegering van de stad, voor zover men in Libië kan spreken van een regeringsleger, want het land heeft nauwelijks een regering!
By Stephen Lendman
Global Research, October 20, 2012
Washington’s war on Libya rages. Fighting didn’t stop after NATO said its seven-month 2011 “mission” ended. Ravaging a nonbelligerent country wasn’t good enough.
Occupation harshness inflicts more pain. Jamahiriya Green Resistance is strong. Its struggle continues. It won’t stop until Libya regains freedom. Loyalists want no part of NATO control, puppet leaders, imperial plundering, and ordinary Libyans used and abused.
Frequent freedom fights erupt. Tribes are involved. Local militias have their own agenda. Insurgents battle each other and Green Resistance for control. Government forces serve Washington and key NATO partners.
Bani Walid Residents Displaced Under Fire
Gepubliceerd op 26 okt 2012 door GRNLive
The road to Bani Walid, soldiers, residents talking about what happened.
Shot October 22, 2012 depicting displaced Bani Walid families stranded on the side of the road awaiting humanitarian support (this was filmed about 50km away from Bani Walid in an area called ‘Urbaan’
Civilians talking about the bombing on Bani Walid, hospitals are full, continuous bombing and thousands of civilians fleeing.
Libya Limbo: No water, food or shelter in Bani Walid
Gepubliceerd op 23 okt 2012 door RussiaToday
US blocks Russian proposal to UN on peaceful Bani Walid solution
Gepubliceerd op 23 okt 2012 door RussiaToday
The US has blocked a proposed statement to UN Security Council, drafted by Russia, calling for the conflict in Libya’s besieged city of Bani Walid to be resolved peacefully. This, as loyalist militias are mounting their offensive in the last stronghold of Muammar Gaddafi supporters. RT’s New York correspondent Marina Portnaya reports.
GRNlive correspondent filming in Bani Walid
Gepubliceerd op 25 okt 2012 door GRNLive
Inside Bani Walid on the 24th Oct 2012
Besieged Bani Walid: Who’s in control?
Gepubliceerd op 24 okt 2012 door RussiaToday
Libyan pro-government forces say they’ve occupied the centre of the opposition stronghold of Bani Walid, with only a few pockets of resistance left. Dozens have been killed in recent shelling to end the almost three-weeks-long siege, which has left the city on the brink of a humanitarian disaster. RT’s Paula Slier reports.
Also, RT speaks to Mohamed Sayeh, is a member and spokesman of Libya’s National Transitional Council.
‘US, UK silent on Bani Walid massacres and chaos’
Gepubliceerd op 25 okt 2012 door RussiaToday
Libya’s government forces claim they have taken control of the opposition stronghold Bani Walid – but say pockets of resistance still remain. That’s after a weeks-long deadly assault – with reports of dozens of residents in the besieged city being killed by pro-government shelling. RT’s Paula Slier has the details. Also, RT’s managed to make contact with an eyewitness in the city. He says militias are carrying out mass killings, as civilians continue to call on the international community to help.
For more analysis RT talks to journalist and author Neil Clark.
Op 26 oktober bleek dat er op 25 oktober 600 mensen gedood waren.
Foreign heavy-armed mercs attack Bani Walid – witness
Gepubliceerd op 27 okt 2012 door RussiaToday
There’s been no let up in the bloody assault on Libya’s Bani Walid – with more weapons apparently sent to pro-government militias in the area. This is according to a man whose relatives are trapped inside the besieged town which historically was a stronghold of the deposed Colonel Gaddafi – READ MORE
RT’s source is currently in Egypt and is afraid to reveal his identity over safety concerns.
Siege of Bani Walid: Foreign fighters, phosphorus bombs and nerve gas – RT sources
Published: 27 October, 2012, 14:40
No Fighting In Bani Walid – Just Destruction 15.00 GMT
Gepubliceerd op 28 okt 2012 door 108morris108
Recorded at 15.00 GMT – Report of residents still not allowed back in. But Looting and destruction continue.
Capture of Bani Walid smacks of revenge
October 26 2012 at 03:00pm
Tripoli – Hours after taking control of Bani Walid, a former stronghold of Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan militias from the rival city of Misrata fired ferociously at its empty public buildings.
Fighters yelling “Allahu akbar (God is greatest) and “Today Bani Walid is finished” sought to make their mark with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades on a town they say still provides a refuge to many of the overthrown Libyan leader’s followers.
The chaotic, vengeful scenes demonstrated the weakness of the new government’s authority over former rebel militias which owe it allegiance but essentially do what they like.
Libya army has ‘no control’ in Bani Walid: defence minister
30 oktober 2012
Libya’s defence minister said Monday that the army has no control over Bani Walid, one of the last bastions of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, and that armed groups there prevent families from returning home.
“The chief of staff has no control over the town and therefore armed men are able to prevent families from coming back,” Osama al-Jueili told journalists in Tripoli, adding that “gunmen” hold a checkpoint leading to the town.
Fighting in Bani Walid this month displaced tens of thousands of people, Jueili noted, including 30,000 who fled to the nearby town of Tarhuna and 10,000 who went to the capital.
Dit alles is een overweldigend toppunt van politieke hypocrisie. Wie herinnert zich nog de humanitaire interventie, de responsability to protect the people? De volgende documentaire gaat over de misselijk makende voorgeschiedenis van de moordaanslag op Bani Walid.
Based on Prof. Maximilian Forte latest book, “Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War On Libya and Africa” (Baraka Books, Montreal, 2012), and nearly two years of extensive documentary research, this film places the 2011 US/NATO war in Libya in a more meaningful context than that of a war to “protect civilians” driven by the urgent need to “save Benghazi”.
Instead it counters such notions with the actual destruction of Sirte, and the consistent and determined persecution of black Libyans and African migrant workers by the armed opposition, supported by NATO, as it sought to violently overthrow Muammar Gaddafi and the Jamahariyah.
This film takes us through some of the stock justifications for the war, focusing on protecting civilians, the responsibility to protect (R2P), and “genocide prevention,” and examines the racial biases and political prejudice that underpinned them. The role of Western human rights organizations, as well as misinformation spread through “social media” with the intent of fostering fear of rampaging black people, are especially scrutinized.
Libya: Race, Empire, and the Invention of Humanitarian Emergency duurt 28 minuten.