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Continuity of civil movements mature the demands and slogans


By: Ibrahim Ahmidan*

After Al-Jumaa prayer, I went to Algeria Square and Martyrs

Ibrahim Ahmidan

Square in central Tripoli, expecting protest demonstrations, I found few people in Algeria Square. I discussed some slogans they intend to raise, it seemed that some fall victim to agitation led by some media channels and Facebook activities.

Arrangements for that rally began after Al-Asr prayer, I wasn’t there for personal reasons, so I followed all the news on TV.

It is crucial for the squares to continue their activities, and for the civil movements to resume, but I didn’t like the slogans that were raised during the rally, especially the ones raised for glorifying some figures, instead of the state institution building, and sarcastic hatred slogans for some cities.

I believe that maturing the demands and slogans is related to the civil movements, the emergence of aware leadership within a safe atmosphere, and away from intimidation or threats.

The priority demands right now is for militias to leave the cities, I agree with the interim agreements, because the final and immediate solutions are not practical, as the solutions to all problems the humanity face, and resemble calls for immediate fusion unity we experienced in decades.

Muammar Gaddafi once swore in 1982 with the presence of Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad, to God that if Libya and Syria wouldn’t unite he would voluntarily go to the Golan. He said that he “wouldn’t stay just eating rice and watermelons, while our Palestinian and Lebanon brothers get bombed by Israel.”

Of course, Gaddafi didn’t go to Golan nor became “Fedayee,” despite that no immediate unity between Libya and Syria was achieved. In the next day, massive rallies of revolutionaries gone to the streets, chanting the leader’s name, saying “leader Muammar Gaddafi won’t go alone, we will heal his wounds.”

The problem with some Libyans, including some of the literate elites, is that they think with the same methodology as Gaddafi, “either immediate unity or I voluntarily go,” which he would never do, no protests would go out saying that the political analyst or Facebook activist should head there, he would forget as we will do, Oblivion.

Regardless of the hidden intentions, honesty or lies that we can’t be sure about, we can say that many of those just mix their thoughts, wishes, and desires, want urgent immediate final resolutions to all problems, fiercely refusing (sometimes with accusations of betrayal against any opponents) other different solutions.

Their problem is that they never speak about how, when, and with what mechanisms and time frames we can accomplish (the final immediate solutions) they adopt.

Salute to all protesters; the bargain is on the street and the continuation of peaceful civil mobilization.

*A Libyan Writer