Seven Million Flags Raised in Libya to Celebrate Freedom, Democracy 18/02/2012 03:13:00
Libyan citizens, men, women and children came out into the streets to celebrate the first anniversary of their freedom from oppression
Despite the negative reporting by Western media on the situation in Libya and this media’s claim of lack of security in the country, over seven million flags have been raised over the vast territory and in all the country's cities and towns to mark the first anniversary of February 17 uprising against the most brutal dictator who ever ruled the country for 42 years.
In this country of 5.5 million people, hundreds of thousands of people including men, women, old and young, and children, rushed to the streets of each and every city to celebrate the newly found freedom with real emotions and a strong belief that their beloved country has at last been liberated.
They all carried more than one flag to express their joy and pay homage to the many martyrs who sacrificed their lives in order to get rid of a the most despicable ruler, Gaddafi.
Never before have Libyans adored or held high a flag as they have done during the past few days.
Not surprisingly, as the flag is that of the Libyan independence after decades of Italian colonialism. But what has made it rise to prominence in the hearts of Libyans during the past year is the high price of blood that so many young people were prepared to shed as they tried to raise it over buildings or on flagpoles.
There are many stories of men and women who died as they were holding the flag in one way or another. There is the story of a young woman from Tajoura, a suburb of Tripoli, who died as a result of torture after Gaddafi forces (kataib) found her sewing the flag of independence in secret inside her home.
Another young man was killed by Gaddafi snipers on the day the revolutionaries entered Zawia from Zentan as he climbed a tall building to raise the flag declaring the city of Zawia liberated from Gaddafi's oppression for the second time in six months.
Another young man in Zwara, in western Libya, was also shot dead by a sniper as he was raising the flag on a building during the early days of the revolution in February last year.
The blood-stained flag that he held so close to his bleeding heart after being shot was presented to his mother to keep it and show to her grandchildren.
Such spirit of victory, belongingness, pride and loyalty to the homeland has never befoe been experienced by such a great majority of the Libyan people since independence in 1951, especially among the youth who lived all their lives under the oppressive rule of the former dictator.
Despite foreign media exaggeration of rare isolated incidents of gun-fire here or other incidents resulted from personal disputes, Libya is a safe place. The celebrations and crowds everywhere around the country prove the secure atmosphere, positive attitude and the state of happiness all over the country.
“It is really something unusual to see Libyans spontaneously celebrating a nation and a flag, and most of all the newly-found freedom and democracy,” a Libyan man told The Tripoli Post.
“They (Libyans) really feel good. We have never seen the country in such a way for more than five decades, perhaps since the day of independence on on December 24, 1951,” he added.
Those who attended the celebration on Friday in Tripoli told The Tripoli Post that the surprising thing is that there was no celebratory gun-fire as has been the norm since the liberation of Tripoli form the oppressive Gaddafi forces on August20, 2011.
This indicates that in contrast to foreign media reporting, the revolutionaries, many of whom have already joined the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior have become rather disciplined and obeyed orders not to fire in the air during the celebrations. Thousands of others who carried guns also showed such an impressive discipline during this day of huge celebrations.
This is rather a positive development that also indicates that a transformation in the mentality of many Libyans has begun less than four months since Libya was declared liberated in October.
Comment: I lived in Libya when I was a child and as a teenager- I learned to love the Libyan people, from all levels from those that had a lot to those that had nailed together house with dirt floors, to the nomads that go from place to place. I used to sit down in their circles and drank tea. My mother used to say You’re going to die of something. Well IM 65 and those memories were worth the chance to ride donkey carts to camels to mulls that didn’t want to move. To play soccer (football) with the rich and poor we were all together all different ages and the girls on the side. Some in European stile dress and others covered from head to foot but rooting for there team. Why was it I always got picked for the team that lost (probable because I did not play well) but we all got a chance to play , they cared about each other, Now you are free (that has been my prayer for years) Let not forget to respect the rich, the poor, all different colors, different faiths and respecting each other, The ladies You have so many are bright. You have a bountiful bright and wonderful group of young people. Let’s not let them down and make it so they can all reach there potential. And turn Libya into even a greater nation. Look thro the eyes of a child at each other before we give them our eyes of hate and anger. To make Libya great nation.
Date: 18/02/2012 07:31:14
Comment: Yes. The flag is a symbol of national unity. Right from the beginning of the 17 Feb. revolt, all Libyans raised it as if they have agreed on that. Many of the young might not even see it before 17/02/2011. Gaddafi tried to change everything that characterize Libya and replace it with all symbols referring to his own rule; this reflects his tryrannical attitude and selfishness at the expense of the public interest. Today you do not see the photos of Abduljaleel, Alkeeb,...etc. All talk about Libya and the Libyans. Going back to talk about the changes Gaddafi kept making, he changed the name of the Martyrs square in tripoli into the Green Square, the name of Libya into Jamahyria......., the national anthem into his own and........etc. In the city of Zliten most shops have. I flags, most flags were sold out. Many in the city centre and the suburbs are out expressing their great joy and deep love of Libya. Although reports released by the western media about libya are true, there is a kind of exaggeration about the state of security in Libya. For instance, during the recent clashes in Bani Waleed, they claimed that the town is under the control of Gaddafi loyalists and they even said that these loyalists plan to bring Gaddafi's family back to power. These are unrealistic predictions by western media and I do not know why they say this. The Gaddafi regime is part of the past and the future belongs to the Libyans alone. The situation is completely under control. Libya lives in the hearts of all Libyans.
Name:Dr.Swami D. Francis
Date: 18/02/2012 08:50:31
Comment: It's true that across Libya the day has been celebrated with emotion and enthusiasm which needs to have been witnessed personally to understand properly. It's also amazing that there was no celebratory fire anywhere during the festivities.It clearly indictaes that the youth of Libya are really concerned about the welfare and prosperity of their beloved nation. Although I'm from India and despite news reports in the western media that the security situation is bad ,I ventured out and was overcome with enthusiasm, making me join the festivities on the streets of Khomes. It is indeed a glorious moment of history in the ancient land of Libya. Let this great nation prosper under the guidance and guard of its great sons establishing democrative institutions and all the tenets of a equality, brotherhood and liberty. I wholeheartedly wish all my Libyan brethren a happy freedom day.
Date: 18/02/2012 10:02:46
Comment: It is almost a year ago we had to leave Tripoli and so are celebrating this day as millions of others are. It was with great disappointment therefore, that I read in an email from my friend who is an expat and who stayed in Libya during the course of the war, had a rock thrown at her car as she drove home from last night's celebrations downtown. Fortunately she was not injured since the rock went through her rear car window, but suffice to say she was really upset and wonders if she was targeted.This distresses her most. A real pity to a wonderful occasion.
Date: 19/02/2012 07:55:37
Comment: I have spent all my live in libya and finally left when the war broke out. I am saying to the libyans happy celebration and freedom. My most concern is now that freedom have gained libyans shuold change their mentality in the area of relating to foriegners because without them you libyans will not achieve this goal. A massive training shuold be going on now educating them on how to relate with people because many have travelled before and as such they see any outsider as slave to them. Many are planning to come back to resume thier business now in libya. Happy libya and allah guide you all.
Date: 19/02/2012 09:34:46
Comment: Celebrations without any crowd , no people to celebrate ? I am searching in the internet but nothing , no photos no videos with people celebrating . I think that Libyans are waiting for the big chance to oust the so called revolutionaries .
Date: 19/02/2012 11:20:53
Comment: Congratulations to Libya and Libyan people. You are making a real revolution and you will make it sucessful, I believe. Freedom, democracy and properous Libya... I love you -- A friend from Vietnam
Date: 20/02/2012 15:11:21
Comment: Not sure what planet you live on Mr. George Kerry, but here is a video that shows the celebration in Tripoli and judge for yourself;
Libyan National Anthem in Martyr's Square
مناطيط الحرية 17\2\2012 طرابلس www.youtube.com by : http://www.facebook.com/eslam.ly..
Enjoy www.youtube.com On Friday, February 17, hundreds of thousands of Libyans celebrated their freedom in Martyr Square, Tripoli Libya..
Date: 20/02/2012 19:56:58
Comment: Mabruk alif mabruk to all of you Libyans. May Allah bless those who lost their lives in order to change things. May you be united and loving. Please treat well the other Nationalities in your country. I lworked in Libya for four years before and I understand why Libyans now can cerbrate in such a ectastic way. From Malawi-the Warm Heart of Africa
Date: 20/02/2012 20:54:07
Comment: There's no such thing as stability in Libya, that country is full of killing and massacres, the rebels are killing black people without question and impunity, be it black Libyans or black Africans. That country will never see nor enjoy peace for the foreaseable future, it has been reduced to nothing other than trigger happy humanoid rebels. This news is not true, it's a lie and total fallacy and fabrication.
Date: 20/02/2012 21:51:30
Comment: To: George kerry You comment is totally untrue and improper...thousands of happy Libyan were dancing in the streets all over Libyan cities. here is the link to Tripoli main square celebration:
Date: 21/02/2012 14:40:53
Comment: As a Libyan who has been displaced in this war, I honestly feel that the wider situation in the country is not being truthfully covered. That the celebrations were in every city and every town and that ALL LIbyans are overjoyed must be the most exaggerated claim of the year. I am disappointed that the Tripoli Post has become a 'glorifier' of the NATO led war in Libya, when I know that its editors had struggled hard during the previous regime's existence to establish itself as an independent voice. Where are the articles about the Libyans killed in NATO airstrikes? Where are the articles about the torture and murder of innocent civilians? Or is it not worth concentrating on because nobody wants to read 'negative' news about the 'blessed' and 'glorious' revolution?
Date: 22/02/2012 07:04:07
Comment: Media reports have indicated that celebrations took place in different libyan cities. I would like to say to those who doubt or deny the absolute state of joy in Libya that I have never in my life seen such celebrations in my city, Zliten and more importantly is the peaceful and extremely joyful way of doing that. If anybody is not convinced for any reason, I am not concerned with that, but what makes me upset is the denial of the event altogether. As for the security of the country, no one can deny some bloody clashes in some parts of Libya, but not to the extent that it is an explosion of a civil war. And even when we talk about it, as officials and ordinary libyans, it is just about being transparent and making ourselves aware of the consequences. And if an incident happens here or there and then it is brought under control, do we real need to exaggerate it? We have to be frank and I myself criticize the rebels although all my family belong to them and one of my brothers died in the battlefield during the liberation of Zliten. I have written an article, the title of which is "Realizing the Real Cause of Uprising". In this article, I condemned and criticized all illegal actions, in ex-rebel-run prisons, like torture and killing outside the limits of law.
Date: 25/02/2012 09:54:12
Comment: The story above is fabricated propaganda by the prostitutes of the NATO-installed gang of thugs that currently occupy Libya and hold Libyan people hostage. A few hundred goons are falsely portrayed as representing all Libyans. The comments above represent desperate efforts by the Libyan rebel gangsters to promote their nefarious point of view.
You people and the Thermidorean, counter-revolutionary regime you've installed are doomed to fall into the ash heap of history. Libyan people will rise up and destroy you scum, and the sacred Green banner will rise again.
Date: 14/08/2012 00:53:13
Comment: That story with 7 Million flags is fabricated rubbish! Bani Walid and Sabha & Kufra are even now still under control of CONTRA NTC and pro Jamahiriya Libyans! You must be joking!
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