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Libya

AJE:

Protesters have clashed with police and government supporters in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, reports say.

Demonstrators gathered in the early hours of Wednesday morning in front of police headquarters and chanted slogans against the "corrupt rulers of the country" [#7], Al Jazeera's sources said.

Police reportedly fired tear gas and violently dispersed protesters, arresting 20. Families of those arrested are planning to gather outside the city's security directorate to demand their release, our source tells us [#47].

Al Jazeera is understood to have been taken taken off the state-owned cable TV network, but is still reportedly available on satellite networks [#180].

Meanwhile, protesters have taken to Twitter to spread details on how to bypass internet clampdowns [#180].

In a telephone interview [#10] with Al Jazeera, Idris Al-Mesmari, a Libyan novelist and writer, said that security officials in civilian clothes ["thugs"] came and dispersed protesters by using tear gas, batons and hot water.

Al-Mesmari was arrested hours after the interview, unconfirmed reports say. ...

The rare protests reportedly began after relatives of those killed in a prison massacre about 15 years ago took to streets. They were joined by scores of other supporters.
Benghazi residents have a history of distrust of Gaddafi

The relatives were said to have been angered by the detention of Fathi Terbil, human rights lawyer and official spokesman of the victims' families, who was arrested by the Libyan security forces, for no apparent reason.

Libyan state television reported that rallies were taking place all over the country early this morning “in support of the rule of the people by the people”. [That'll show 'em]

Signed statement

A group of prominent Libyans and members of human rights organisations have also demanded the resignation of Gaddafi.

They said that the Libyans have the right to express themselves through peaceful demonstrations without any threat of harassment from the regime.

The demands came in a statement signed by 213 personalities from different segments of the Libyan society, including political activists, lawyers, students, and government officials. [#4]

Again, I keep coming back to the idea that the Egyptian revolution was a long time maturing (if most of a decade is a long time). It was financed, as it were, by the social capital of dense and experienced networks, for which my metaphor has been "maturity." That's the reason for the consistent reports of the Tahrir Square protesters coming from "all walks of life"; they really did. I saw the live feed; it was true. I venture to predict that twitter and any number of NV tactics will fail, whether in Libya or Bahrain or anywhere else, without that social capital. Of course, the development of resilient networks isn't covered in our famously free press, so from my BarcaLounger I've got no way of telling whether it exists. What our famously free press does cover is, at least in its daily routine, is the tactical froth and not the strategic wave. As usual, distrust and critique. (This goes for AJE, too, who after all have the same incentives as anybody else.)