[Marxism] Life as it was under Gaddafi's democracy in Libya

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 12:31:37 MDT 2015

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      Life as it was under Gaddafi's democracy in Libya

> *Mummar Gaddafi* use to have rallies in *Green Square* with well over 
> a million supporters until I made him stop.
> That may be a bit of hyperbole. These are the facts: Qaddafi claimed 3 
> rallies in Green Sq. on June 17th, July 1st & 8th 2011 at which he 
> claimed he had 1.7 million supporters. After I published *Tripoli 
> Green Square Reality Check* 
> <http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/07/19/996082/-Tripoli-Green-Square-Reality-Check> 
> on July 19th showing there was no way Green Square could hold that 
> many people, and it was widely circulated 
> <http://libyancivilwar.blogspot.com/2011/11/pro-gaddafi-protests-green-square-size.html> 
> by the *Libyan Youth Movement* among others, Gaddafi never made that 
> claim again. I consider it one of my most significant contributions to 
> their revolution.
> Naturally, all the /"anti-imperialists"/ were promoting these rallies 
> as proof of Gaddafi's popular  support. Worker's World Party 
> <http://www.workers.org/2011/us/denounce_bombing_libya_0721/http://www.workers.org/2011/us/denounce_bombing_libya_0721/> 
> made that claim, so did the Party for Socialism and Liberation 
> <http://pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/charges-against-gadaffi-unfounded.html>. 
> I wrote 
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2011/07/tripoli-green-square-reality-check_7265.html> 
> in that:
>     Now others reporting
>     <http://In%20this%20realm,%20the%20centerpiece%20of%20Qaddafi%27s%20claims%20to%20popular%20support%20has%20been%20a%20series%20of%20mass%20rallies%20in%20Tripoli%20on%20June%2017th,%20July%201st%20and%20July%208th.>
>     on these pro-Qaddafi protests have estimated much lower numbers
>     for these crowds, in the range of 10,000 to 30,000. It has also
>     been said that the majority of those in attendance had some
>     relation to Qaddafi security forces, approximately 10% of the
>     Libya population has such an association. It threatened them if
>     they failed to show up.

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