Violence against black people in Libya
"This barbaric form of revenge illustrates the state of anarchy Libya is in today"
What you see in this video is an example of the type of revenge currently being carried out by former rebels [armed groups who overthrew Gaddafi].Residents of the town of Tawergha were given weapons by Gaddafi’s forces to help them fight against the rebels during the revolution. They fought against Misrata’s rebels, who claim that they raped and massacred civilians. That’s why when the Misrata rebels took control of the town [on August 13, 2011], they decided to get revenge. They imprisoned the men they found in Tawergha – those that were still there, because many had already fled fearing reprisals.This barbaric form of revenge illustrates the state of anarchy Libya is in today, despite the National Transitional Council’s efforts [NTC chief Moustapha Abdeljalil promised to take serious measures against arbitrary arrests and prolonged detentions without trials]. The former rebels still control certain parts of the country and refuse to let the state handle matters there. Some militias, like the one in Tripoli, even have their own detention centres. Former rebels intimidate the local courts into doing their bidding, and judges are starting to get fed up with this [in December, a militia even barged into a district attorney’s office in Tripoli].These former rebels don’t understand the spirit of Libya’s revolution. We didn’t get rid of Gaddafi to replace him with more dictators. The poor treatment of prisoners, as seen in videos circulating online, is very shocking to most Libyans. However neither state media nor private media are reporting on it. I don’t think the government is doing anything to try to hide this – it’s just that our journalists are too used to being soft with those in power.”