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Tripoli on the brink

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Protesters are swarming the last defenses of the capital:

Clashes have continued on the outskirts of Tripoli for a third consecutive day as Muammar Gaddafi’s loyalists attempt to shore up the capital from a rampant anti-government revolution.

Demonstrators at a large opposition rally in Libya’s second city, Benghazi, today received numerous phone calls from frantic relatives in Tripoli who relayed details of ongoing battles nearing the centre of the city.

There were unconfirmed reports today of a major airbase in Tripoli having fallen into opposition hands. If true, it would be a serious blow to the Libyan leader’s attempts to cling to power in the capital. In much of the rest of the country, the battle already appears lost.

Opposition activists have been striving to get their hands on military bases and ammunition, seeking to further weaken the regime of the veteran dictator […]

Meanwhile, Gaddafi loyalists are staging a pro-government rally.  Who knows what’s behind this?  An act of defiance, ignorance or just insanity:

In the party of Italian journalists invited to Libya by the authorities is a correspondent of the news agency Ansa. A short while ago he reported that an “imposing” pro-Gaddafi demonstration was under way:

“7-8,000 people have gathered in Green Square with photos of the Libyan leader and the green flags of the Jamahiriya. Ansa was able to verify this on the spot. The square is being watched over by a small number of police.”

Ominously, just a few minutes earlier, the agency filed a dispatch from Rome quoting an eyewitness in Tripoli as saying that Green Square was also the destination of an anti-Gaddafi protest.

With reports of the main airbase in Tripoli being overrun by anti-government protesters, at this point it appears to be a matter of not if but when the regime will fall.