Benghazi, Libya, 19 February 2011
In Libya for the 3rd day: Protesters by the thousands call for the removal of Col. Gadhafi - Libya's leader in 42 years since 1969. Libya braces the biggest popular uprising in 4 decades of autocratic reign.
Eighty four (84) people were confirmed dead and several wounded in 3 days of demonstrations protests; unrest is growing its numbers on the road. In Benghazi, 35 deaths recorded on Friday; central city of the uprising demanding an end against's four (4) decades regime. Mr. Abdel Hafez Gougha, a well-known activist organizer was detained by security forces when they raided his house at night. Information’s by Fathi al-Warfali, a Switzerland-based Libyan activist.
Libya is one of the world’s richest in oil but the nation also records huge poverty problem in the East side: U.S. diplomats have said: Gadhafi's regime neglects the east intentional, letting unemployment and poverty rise to weaken the opponents - the country's impoverished east.
In Libya, Information’s is highly controlled and journalist’s democracy is prohibited. Citizens fear the Gov’t’s. ‘security and intelligence services’ which is powerful. It was reported that Internet services was cut off at 2 a.m. Saturday, eliminating its link to the outside world and people of the eastern city of Benghazi fears that pro-government forces would implement the encampment raid with house-to-house attacks as police disappeared from the streets not a single enforcements of Gadhafi is seen on the road. ‘We don't see a single policeman in the streets, not even a traffic police.’ a lawyer in Benghazi said. - U.S. based Arbor Networks Security Company.
British Foreign Office advise UK citizens not to travel to Benghazi, Ajdabiya, al-Bayda, al-Marj, Darnah, Ajdabiya, Tobruk and areas bordering Sudan, Chad, Niger and Algeria respectively. - BBC
The latest update from the Quryna newspaper - a semi-independent news agency, reported that the Gadhafi government plans reshuffle of state executives; restructure and decentralize the government.
Libya is rich and has enormous reserves on oil and gas which remains relatively undeveloped todate. Libya was blamed for the Lockerbie plane bombing in 2008, has paid compensations to US victims and opening full diplomatic relations with the United States. Check from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/countr
Read more on Libya: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libya