Moammer Gaddafi vet at det er tronen eller galgen, og bruker alt han har for å knuse opprøret. Nærmere hundre mennesker er drept i løpet av siste døgn.
Rapportene som kommer ut av Libya er meget dramatiske. Dette er verre enn Egypt. Her er det snakk om et regime som bruker alle midler for å slå ned en folkelig oppstand.
Human Rights Watch meldte om 85 drepte i løpet av fredagen. Soldater og milits skyter mot hode og bryst. – Jeg har aldri sett noe lignende, sier en lege i Benghazi som må være anonym.
Men folk blir rasende over den uhemmede volden. Det ser ut til at en av de viktigste forutsetningene for en revolusjon er oppfylt: folk har mistet sin frykt.
At least five cities of eastern Libya have seen protests and clashes in recent days. In one of them, Beyida, a hospital official said Friday that the bodies of at least 23 protesters slain over the past 48 hours were at his facility, which was treating about 500 wounded — some in the parking lot for lack of beds. Another witness reported 26 protesters buried in Beyida on Thursday and early Friday.
Gaddafi setter inn spesialstyrkene som ledes av hans sønner. Samtidig meldes det om fremmede leiesoldater, og deres brutaltitet vekker et særlig raseri hos befolkingen. Flere er blitt tatt til fange og hengt.
Forces from the military’s elite Khamis Brigade moved into Benghazi, Beyida and several other cities, residents said. They were accompanied by militias that seemed to include foreign mercenaries, residents said. Several witnesses reported French-speaking fighters, believed to be Tunisians or sub-Saharan Africans, among militiamen wearing blue uniforms and yellow helmets.
The Khamis Brigade is led by Gadhafi’s youngest son Khamis Gadhafi, and U.S. diplomats in leaked memos have called it «the most well-trained and well-equipped force in the Libyan military.» The witnesses’ reports that it had been deployed could not be independently confirmed.
Demonstrantene har vist stort mot ved å angripe Gaddafis eget palass i Benghazi, og ved å brenne ned politistasjoner.
In Benghazi, crowds marched in a funeral in the morning for protesters killed the previous day, said Gamal Bandour, a judge in the city. He put the number buried at 15, though a pro-government news website put Thursday’s toll at 14. After the services, some of the protesters began burning government buildings and police stations. Video posted on the Internet showed militiamen in yellow helmets running through the streets, waving clubs.
Around 3 p.m., dead and wounded began arriving at al-Jalaa hospital, said the doctor there. «There were rows and rows of injured people trying to make it in,» he said. At least six teams of medics were trying to treat the influx, moving the dead in to an empty ICU unit temporarily. The doctor said he could not keep track of wounded.
But he said he counted 35 bodies of the dead, most of them of men under 30 years old. Some of the bodies had since been taken away by angry relatives. The rest were taken the morgue, but many relatives were protesting outside it, threatening to storm the facility to get their slain loved ones. Separately, a lawyer who was at the hospital said he saw a similar number of dead.
Akkurat som i Egypt ser det ut til at myndighetene bruker bøller til å skremme befolkningen.
Et tegn på at regimet går mot slutten er at advokater og dommere våger å demonstrere og kreve at Gaddafi går av.
Gaddafi er blitt stadig mer eksentrisk, korrupt og eneveldig med årene. Han risikerer å lide samme skjebne som Mussolini. Hvilke land vil ta imot denne mannen?
By night fall, youth residents of Benghazi took to the streets, wielding swords and sticks to protect their homes after rumors circulated that thugs were coming to attack, the lawyer said.
Meanwhile, other protesters have started camping out in front of Benghazi’s court building.
«There are lawyers, judges, men and some women here, demanding the ouster of Gadhafi. Forty-two years of dictatorship are enough,» said one of them, Nizar Jebail, owner of an advertising company, speaking to The Associated Press by telephone. He said he wants not just reforms, «but freedom and equality.»
Det er flere interessante detaljer i rapportene: lokalt politi som er fra samme stamme som lokalbefolkningen gjør felles sak med dem, mot soldater og milits. Det er nok et tegn på at tiden er på folkets side.
In Beyida, residents said troop reinforcements entered the city along with militiamen. The soldiers appeared to keep their distance, at times using snipers to try to disperse protesters, while militiamen led the direct assault on protesters with knives and automatic weapons, residents said.
Several witnesses said local police, who belong to the same tribe as the residents, joined the demonstrators to fight the militias, driving them out of many neighborhoods. The protesters demolished a military air base runway with bulldozers and set fire to police stations.
Akkurat som med Saddam Hussein ødelegger folk de forhatte symbolene på hans styre: Skulpturer av hans Grønne bok.
«These mercenaries are now hiding in the forests. We hear the gunshots all the time,» one witness said. «We don’t have water, we don’t have electricity.» Another said protesters were chanting, «The people want the ouster of the colonel,» a reference to Gadhafi.
New videos from Beyida showed bloodstained bodies of the dead in a morgue, protesters torching a municipal building and demolishing a statue for the Green Book, which outlines Gadhafi’s «authority of the people.» Protesters tore down a pro-Gadhafi billboard.
Two militiamen were captured by the protesters and were hanged in a square in the city after they reportedly opened fire on protesters, said one witness. A Switzerland-based Libyan opposition activist, Fathi al-Warfali, said he had reports of protesters lynching 11 captured mercenaries in Beyida, Benghazi and the town of Darnah on Friday.
In Zentan, a female resident said militiamen attacked the city after protesters set fire to police stations and sprayed graffiti on the walls that read: «Down with Gadhafi.» Officials with loudspeakers offered money for residents to stop protesting, but then cut off electricity and water, the woman said, describing how she was standing of top of her building, watching the events.