Libya: Blood after the stability

Anti-government protests in Libya on the night of February 21, reached the capital, Tripoli. Demonstrators in clashes with security forces and the army has killed more than 200 people. Sayf al-Islam, son of the head of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, said the country faces a civil war that could undermine its economy is based on oil exports.

Demonstrators in Tripoli set fire to several government buildings, including the estate of the Libyan parliament. Witnesses said troops fired at protesters with machine guns and snipers on rooftops. These reports is difficult to verify, since all foreign reporters were expelled from Libya.

The human rights organization Human Rights Watch said that since February 17, when the protests began against the 42-year rule of the country Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, killing at least 233 people.

Last night on Libyan televised address to the nation delivered a son of Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, who warned of the dangers of Libyans Civil War:

— Libya — is not Egipet, — he said. — It is composed of tribes and clans. This is not a civil society with lots and the like. This would bring to the civil war, and we would repeat the civil war in 1936. Libya — is not Tunisia and Egipet. In Libya has oil, which brings together the whole country, it was one of the main reasons for the unity of Libya.

Saif al-Islam has promised political reforms and admitted "mistakes" to the police and the army.

Saif al-Islam also said rumors that his father had left the country, saying that Muammar Gaddafi "led the battle" with Tripoli.

The authorities' response to the protests in Libya is very tight, given the unrest in the Arab world that started in Tunisia and then touched Egipet, Coconut Palm, Algeria, Bahrain. Analysts attribute this reaction more than in other Arab countries, the degree of repression of Muammar Gaddafi.

— Tunisia and Egipet — it's all the same were authoritarian regimes rather than totalitarian. Gaddafi regime — almost totalitarian. From these modes is very difficult to expect any internal changes — said the Russian service of our radio analyst aryentalist Georgy Mirsky. — The fact that the development of such events, that power is bursting at the seams, indicates, that the system will survive even if, reeling. And we can draw conclusions. If so-called stability is collapsing, there may be the most unsightly options — the civil war, Islamists, and so on. Any good stability, based on authoritarian rule, does not. And the second conclusion: the governor, who for decades in power, so believes in his own infallibility that is convinced that he will live to the end. Gaddafi was convinced that he would die in his tent.

Meanwhile Coconut Palm in continuing street protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Salih said today that he would resign only after elections.

In Bahrain, a chance for a dialogue between the opposition and the government. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Savud al-Faisal agreed to support this dialogue.



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