Libyan Revolution 2011 By: Memphis Owens

This revolution was difficult to research because their is not much information on the Libyan Revolution. In the Libyan revolution the leader of Libya Moammar Qaddafi who had lead the country for four decades, and he was being protested against by anti-government protesters, i found this very interesting that the people had just started to rise up and protest Moammar after four decades. In this project it changed my outlook on how revolutions impact the world and how other countries deal with the situation. I chose this modern day revolution because of how its easier to understand and connect with but also because of the intense power that the people had to override to have safety.

Libyan citizens protesting against their leader Gaddafi

Causes Of The Libyan Civil War

The people of Libya were unhappy with the way their leader Moammar Qaddafi was ruling the country. He was accused of committing human rights violations and killing civilians. The people Sal him as a dictator and felt that he should no longer have power, and they wanted a change. Qaddafi was the country's leader for four decades and has done terrible things in his time of leading causing the people to feel hate towards him. He has broken the trust of his people and no longer deserved the position of leading Libya.

A protester protesting Qaddafi is a murderer

The Systematic Stage

Libyan security forces cracked down on protesters as anti-government demonstrations. Protesters began spreading out through Libya. Dozens of people were killed by security forces. These events caused a spark in the revolution that lead to further events. The people went through a lot of events the triggered them into starting to rise up and become rebels of a revolution.

A young girl kicking a anti-Qaddafi sign

The Crisis Stage

Demonstrations spread to the capital, Tripoli, where protesters clashed with forces loyal to Moammar Qaddafi. After demonstrators were met with live ammunition from Qaddafi's forces, rebels armed themselves and took control of Benghazi. The U.S. completes an evacuation of Americans in Libya and announces it is closing its embassy. The U.N. Security Council imposes sanctions against Libya, including an arms embargo and asset freezes.

Libyan rebels on a tank

The Convalescence Stage

Libyan rebels killed Muammar Qaddafi in October, ending his 42-years of dictatorial rule. Libya has come to new leading and the people have now started to feel that the situations have become worse. In 2014, a new revolution began and is still going on to this day. The 2011 Libyan revolution did not really go anywhere in advancing the peoples wants and needs.

Someone holding the Libyan flag

The Libyan Revolution vs. The French Revolution

Both Libyan and French hated leaders rebelled against were put to death. The people of both countries were ruled by absolute monarchs. The people both had little rights and started the revolutions for change. In both revolutions they received a new leader and government.

On the left is Libyan citizens protesting, on the right it the french ready for battle

“Libya today — in spite of the expectations we had at the time of the revolution — it’s much, much worse,” said Karim Mezran, resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. “Criminality is skyrocketing. Insecurity is pervasive. There are no jobs. It’s hard to get food and electricity. There’s fighting, there’s fear… I see very few bright spots.” Libya became worse and France improved with a new leader. France revived rights and education to all and Libya lost jobs became more criminally unstoppable its hard for the people to receive food and have electricity.

Sources

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/20/world/libya-civil-war-fast-facts/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13755445

https://www.britannica.com/event/Libya-Revolt-of-2011

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/spotlight/aljazeeratop102011/2011/12/20111226114023696528.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/regrets-of-a-revolution-libya-after-qaddafi/

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