Contrary to disinformation from the international bourgeois media and the despotic Arab monarchs e.g. al-Jazeera, here is an honest report about events in Libya from Xinhua:
Tripoli, the capital of Libya with about three million population still remains peaceful under the control of Muammar Gaddafi, 12 days after the north African country plunged into turmoil.
Hundreds of Gaddafi’s supporters held demonstrations in the weekend in downtown’s Green square, backing the iron-handed leader. “People love Gaddafi,” they shouted. Meanwhile they also slammed some Arab media for “distorting the information.”
Local residents still enjoy water pipes, coffee and warm sunshine in the roadside coffee bars. “We’re in progress, but it needs time, step by step,” Makkhazoo, a retired Libyan diplomat told Xinhua.
“My life has been disturbed, they told me to stay at home in the evenings,” a German woman who teaches Germany in Tripoli said. Although the city is under heavy guard of the troops loyal to Gaddafi, gunfire can be heard from time to time at night.
Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam launched a media campaign on Thursday, inviting the international media to Tripoli to report about “the truth in the city.”
“You can go anywhere to see anything you want to see,” a media official said.
Gadafi also ordered to give each family 500 Libyan dinars ( about 400 U.S. dollars) to improve people’s life, the state radio said on Sunday.
The authority even allowed foreign reporters to visit the Zawiya city on Sunday, some 40 km west of Tripoli. The city reportedly has witnessed heavy clashes between Gaddafi’s troops and anti-government protestors.
The highway heading to Zawiya is strongly occupied with military forces, policemen and some armed men in plain clothes and with their faces masked. Vehicles have to pass at least five checkpoints to reach the restive city.
The central part of Zawiya has been controlled by anti- government protesters after clashes Thursday and Friday. When about 50 foreign reporters arrived in the area, some 300 protestors gathered in the street, waving weapons and chanting slogans as “Game over Gaddafi,” “Gaddafi get out,” and “Free Libya. ”
“We protested in peace before, we don’t want to fight with anybody, we just want peace,” Abulgasem, a lecturer in Zawiya university said.
However, the reporters saw a mass demonstration supporting Gaddafi in a nearby district al-Harsha, attended by hundreds of people including women and children. “We don’t want two Libyas, we want one,” a middle aged woman yelled, referring to the unrest that might split the country.
On the way back to Tripoli, nearly 1,000 pro-Gaddafi supporters, mostly young people, blocked the traffic and stopped the journalists, “All people support Gaddafi,” the young man chanted, waving Libya national flags and Gaddafi’s “Green Book.”
“I don’t like the things happened in Benghazi, we can’t live without Gaddafi,” a man holding his baby daughter told Xinhua.
Some Libyans did not want to involve themselves in any kind of struggle. “I just want to live my life in stability, with or without Gaddafi,” Salah, a driver told Xinhua reporters. (one U.S dollars equals to about 1.25 dinar)
And this is from the Russian web site rosbalt.ru via Mathaba.net
Part of the Belarussian citizens working in Libya before the riot, is not going to leave this country. According to them, the situation in Tripoli and Ghadames, where they live, is normal, shops are open, as are kindergartens and schools, including mobile communications and the Internet, reports TUT.by.
TUT.by was able to talk on Skype with the Belarussian citizen Julia, who is now in Tripoli with her child. According to Julia, February 23, she could not go out of Libya to Moscow, after waiting for a plane with a baby in the afternoon until three in the morning.
“The aircraft they have did not pick us up, people were waiting in the street [due to the crowd in the small airport of Tripoli], in the end they just turned around and left” – says a friend of Julie. — “But they say the situation there (in Tripoli) is stabilized, they have [reconnected] mobile communications, the Internet, have opened even gardens.
Julia herself in correspondence with the editors on February 24 said that she no longer wants to leave, but a sleepless night in anticipation of an aircraft wasn’t a great memory. “All is calm. I can not hear shots. The Belarussian embassy phoned me last night. They, too, confirmed that all is quiet. And they should know even better because they are in the middle of the city.”
Julia does not want to leave and is not going. “Listening to the news, you would think Tripoli is in ruins. — There was a heated situation previously in the city center, but without air attacks on civilians (as was claimed by foreign media), and now everything is fine! Media have created particular confusion in this situation! Particularly the channel Al-Jazeera!”
The Belarusian portal was also able to connect via Skype with Ghadames. A citizen of the Republic of Belarus, who lives there, said that “if the situation does not deteriorate, the majority of Belarussians would like to stay here.” According to her, all is quiet in Ghadames: “Shops are open, no one shoots. In connection with such events we are watching for our safety in the dark trying not to go out in the dark just in case. The local population (who have to communicate) to us is normal.