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fridgepunk ([personal profile] fridgepunk) wrote2012-09-22 02:12 pm
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Optimism and Muslim Rage

From the Beeb:

Witnesses say supporters of Ansar al-Sharia [the group many think to be responsible for the embassy attack that killed american diplomats and marines] gathered outside its Benghazi headquarters, in front of the crowd, waving black and white banners.

They fired into the air to try to disperse the protesters, but fled with their weapons after the base was surrounded by waves of people shouting "No to militias".

Buildings and a car were set alight and fighters evicted.

That sound you can hear is the traditional islamophobic news narrative wobbling precariously.

Earlier, some 30,000 protesters marched through Benghazi calling for an end to the armed groups and a return to the rule of law.

There has been a wave of hostility towards the militias since US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others Americans died in last week's attack on the Benghazi consulate.

"I don't want to see armed men wearing Afghani-style clothes stopping me in the street to give me orders, I only want to see people in uniform," said university student Omar Mohammed, who took part in the takeover of the Ansar al-Sharia compound.

Many Libyans have expressed outrage at the attack on the US consulate. Ansar al-Sharia denies being behind it.

Libya's interim government has since come under renewed and intense pressure to rein in well-armed extremist militia groups and force them to disband.

Friday's march was the largest seen in Benghazi - considered the heartland of Libya's uprising - since Col Gaddafi was deposed.

Armed militia groups which helped to defeat Gaddafi remain powerful in many parts of the country.

They are better armed and more numerous than Libya's official army, and there have been reports of militias intimidating and carrying out killings against rivals.

First comes the civil war, then comes the civil peace, which *spoiler alert!* is always the harder part.
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[personal profile] londonkds 2012-09-22 07:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"The people who aren't rioting and murdering don't understand their religion as well as I do!"

That, sadly, will be the exact argument.