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Footage of Mass Burial Site in Libya

In Libya, World Revolution on February 23, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Mass burial site in Libya, an Italian PM on Al Jazeera has reported on it. The regime uses heavy weaponry to surpress the unarmed demonstrators.

Dutch news reported two Libyan fighter-pilots deserted because their orders were to harm civilians. Doctors reports executions, people are taken in with very heavy injuries. Casualty rates reach over 200.

The Regime is using heavy weaponry, proof is right here:

!! NEXT FOOTAGE IS EXTREMELY DISTURBING !!!

Cameroon Starts Their #Feb23 Protests Early

In Cameroon, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on February 23, 2011 at 6:47 AM

WLCentral.org:

Despite all search engines showing nothing but football for news in Cameroon, Twitter insists they are having a revolution, beginning with protests on February 23. The hashtags are being used, but there is very little under them. The Cameroon Tribune reports “Thousands of youths last Thursday, February 10 marched in the streets of Yaounde to demonstrate their patriotism and commitment to preserve peace, stability and development in Cameroon. The march in support of President Paul Biya and the institution he incarnates was in reaction to the wind of violence and destabilisation of State institutions blowing across some African countries.”

There are three pictures circulating online that say they depict “Youngsters from Cameroon protest against the government and the president Biya, willing to stay in power by changing the Constitution. The crowd was also protesting against the unemployment and the inflation. They burnt public building, cars, and even a bus.” But the pictures are from the February 2008 riots which killed between 40 and 139 people. Those riots broke out when 78 year old Biya , who has been president for 29 years, brought in a constitutional change that did away with presidential term limits and enabled him to run again. There is another presidential election due in October, but Cameroon’s elections, always regarded as some of the most corrupt in the world, received a new blow in March 2010 when parliament passed a bill giving the government oversight of poll preparations, supplanting the previous independent electoral body.

“This law is the worst law we’ve ever had because it brings back the administration and members of the judiciary into the electoral process in full force,” said Afany Ngeh, executive president of the Foundation for Human Rights and Development. “These are two very corrupt groups in this country that have paralysed elections in the past.”

Cameroonian Presidential candidate and women’s rights activist Kah Walla has warned Cameroon President Paul Biya that protests could come to Cameroon in an open letter on February 12. “It is a very bad season for presidents who have been in power for over 20 years, maintaining their power through dubious, ritualistic elections, which have credibility neither with their own people nor with the global community,” she wrote.

According to US state cable 09YAOUNDE369 from 2009, “Cameroon’s ability to track its own budget is among the worst in Africa. … The Embassy believes there is significant variance between the projected budget and the budget as it is actually executed. Embassy contacts tell us that the GRC does not have the capacity to track its own budget execution because there is no interface among various computer programs used by the Office of the Budget (which plans the budget) and the Office of the Treasury (which spends the money), meaning even the Minister of Finance is incapable of giving a detailed account for how funds were spent. Additionally, numerous civil society organizations have reported difficulty in obtaining detailed expenditure information for their efforts to track budget execution in certain localities or in certain sectors. For many years, the GRC was engaging in off-budget spending, including especially use of oil revenues to finance security and defense projects. This practice was increasingly reduced during the GRC’s participation in the IMF program, but recent reports indicate the GRC is again spending substantial sums “off-budget.”

Amnesty international describes Cameroon as routinely using killings and torture to repress political dissent,and says of the victims of the 2008 riot killings, “Amnesty International has received photographs and testimonies suggesting that some of the victims were shot at point blank range, without any effort made to arrest them.”

WLCentral.org:

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Cameroon has a scheduled protest against the government on february 23, but there was earlier activity in Akwa Douala today. Police reportedly beat up protesters and arrested thier leader Moumbua, and 2 others. The protesters carried placards with messages that Paul Biya must give an account of the money stolen in Cameroon, and he must go.

WikiLeaks Cables Shed Light On Gaddafi’s “Famously Fractious” Family

In Libya, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on February 23, 2011 at 5:42 AM

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09TRIPOLI208 LIBYA’S SUCCESSION MUDDLED AS THE AL-QADHAFI CHILDREN CONDUCT INTERNECINE WARFARE

09TRIPOLI771 A GLIMPSE INTO LIBYAN LEADER QADHAFI’S ECCENTRICITIES

09TRIPOLI198 BLACK SHEEP MADE GOOD? SAADI AL-QADHAFI’S EXPORT FREE ZONE IN WESTERN LIBYA

Guardian:

The leader of the Libyan revolution presides over a “famously fractious” family that is powerful, wealthy, dysfunctional and marked by internecine struggles, according to US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. The documents shed light on how his eight children – among whom rivalries have sharpened in recent years – his wife and Gaddafi himself lead their lives.

Muammar Gaddafi

The patriarch, now 68, was described by US ambassador to Tripoli, Gene Cretz, in 2009 as a “mercurial and eccentric figure who suffers from severe phobias, enjoys flamenco dancing and horseracing, acts on whims and irritates friends and enemies alike.” Gaddafi has an intense dislike or fear of staying on upper floors, and prefers not to fly over water, the cables add.

Safiya (nee Farkash)

Gaddafi’s second wife travels by chartered jet in Libya, with a motorcade of Mercedes vehicles waiting to pick her up at the airport to take her to her destination, but her movements are limited and discreet. Hosted a banquet in the Bab al-Azizia compound on the occasion of the anniversary of the revolution that was festive but not extravagant. Hails from Benghazi, the centre of the rebellion in eastern Libya.

Saif al-Islam

Second-eldest son. Presumed heir-apparent in recent years who warned of civil war when he addressed the nation on Sunday night. A trained engineer who promotes political and economic reform and backed NGOs under the aegis of the International Charitable Gaddafi Foundation. Has PhD from the London School of Economics.

“Saif al-Islam’s high-profile role as the public face of the regime to the west has been a mixed blessing for him. Has bolstered his image but many Libyans view him as self-aggrandising and too eager to please foreigners,” the US embassy said.

Escorted the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi home to die in August 2009 “and persisted in his hard-partying, womanising ways, a source of concern in a socially conservative country like Libya”. Cables claim at odds with siblings Muatassim, Aisha, Hannibal, and Sa’adi.

Sa’adi

Third-eldest son. “Notoriously ill-behaved Sa’adi has a troubled past, including scuffles with police in Europe (especially Italy), abuse of drugs and alcohol, excessive partying, travel abroad in contravention of his father’s wishes Former professional footballer (a single season with Perugia in Italy’s Serie A league, he owns a significant share of al-Ahli, one of the two biggest soccer teams in Libya, and has run Libya’s football federation). An engineer by training, Sa’adi was briefly an officer in a special forces unit.

Used troops under his control to affect the outcome of business deals. Owns a film production company. Reported to have been involved in crushing the protests in Benghazi.

Muatassim

Muatassim with Hilary Clinton

Fourth-eldest son. Father’s national security adviser and until recently a rising star. In 2008 he asked for $1.2bn (£739m) to establish a military or security unit akin to that of his younger brother, Khamis. Lost control of many of his personal business interests between 2001 and 2005 when his brothers took advantage of his absence to put in place their own partnerships. Described as “not very bright” by Serbian ambassador. Gets on badly with Saif al-Islam.

Hannibal

Chequered history of unseemly behavior and public scuffles with authorities in Europe and elsewhere. Arrest in Geneva over alleged beating his servants led to bilateral spat with Switzerland, in which Swiss were forced to back down under threat of withdrawal of Libyan investments.

In December 2009, police were called to Claridge’s hotel in London after staff heard a scream from Hannibal’s room. Aline Skaf, now his wife, was found to have suffered facial injuries but charges were not brought after she maintained she had sustained the injuries in a fall. Fifth eldest son.

Khamis

Gaddafi’s sixth son and the “well-respected” commander of a special forces unit – 32nd battalion or Khamis brigade that effectively serves as a regime protection unit and was reportedly involved in suppressing unrest in Benghazi. Trained in Russia.

Aisha

Daughter who mediates in family disputes ands runs NGO. Reported to have financial interests in a private clinic in Tripoli, one of two trustworthy facilities that supplement the unreliable healthcare available through public facilities. Lionel Richie was flown to Libya several years ago to sing at her birthday celebration. A younger adopted daughter, Hanna, was killed in the US bombing of Tripoli in 1986.

Muhammad

The eldest son, but by Gaddafi’s first wife. Heads the Libyan Olympic committee that now owns 40% of the Libyan Beverage Company, currently the Libyan joint venture Coca-Cola franchisee. Also runs general post and telecommunications committee.

Saif al-Arab

Least publicly known of the eight children. Reportedly lives in Munich, where it is claimed he pursues ill-defined business interests and spends much time partying.

Like all the Gaddafi children and favourites is supposed to have income streams from the national oil company and oil services subsidiaries. A seventh son, Milad Abuztaia, is an adopted nephew.

Gaddafi Says He “Will Never Give Up Power” and “Will Die a Matyr”

In Libya, World Revolution on February 23, 2011 at 3:36 AM

Muammar Gaddafi made a strange appearance on Libya State TV last night, speaking for less than 15 seconds in a small car holding an umbrella. He said he was still in Tripoli, and to not believe the news channels reporting he had fled to France or Venezuela, saying they are “dogs.”

Gaddafi spoke on Libya State TV again today, this time the opposite of last, with him speaking for over 20 minutes.

He spoke from a bombed out building, his former residence in Tripoli that was hit by U.S. air raids in the 1980s, and was left unrepaired as a monument of defiance by Gaddafi.

Gaddafi said that he will never give up power in Libya, an would die a martyr. He also called for people to take to the streets to attack protesters and stop the revolution.

It seems Gaddafi will not give up power as easily as fellow dictators Ben Ali and Mubarak. With the protesters determined to continue until Gaddafi steps down, and the violence shown already by the Gaddafi regime trying to stop them, the Libyan people need all the help they can get from the outside world. Help spread this information. Make the world aware of the atrocities currently happening in Libya due to the tyrant Gaddafi.

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