Protests in Libya

By Mykailia Murphy-Bell, Dustin Frantz, Juan Bernard, Lauren

History of the Protests

The protests first started on February 15, 2011, when people began to protest in hopes of toppling Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi and his government planned on using violence but never got the chance to use it. In August 2011, Gadaffi went on the run and was captured and killed outside of Sirte.

Libya Today

As of 2014, there most recent leader, Ali Zeidan, fled after parliament voted him out of office. Without a central government with any real power, Libya is falling apart. As of today, Libya does not have any plans of elections for a new leader. Libya faces challenges today such as violence (especially against women and children), political instability (especially since Muammar Gaddafi) and poverty and discrimination (especially against small minority groups).

The International Community

During the protests, NATO, the National Atlantic Treaty Organization, launched air strikes on government targets in support of the protestors. Alongside NATO, the US was also involved in the protests in Libya. The US relations included strong security cooperation, only after the 2012 attack on Benghazi.

Is this considered a Revolution?

I would characterize this as a revolution because the definition of revolution is, the forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system, which is exactly what happened in Libya's case. They were tired of Gaddafi's violent ways, so they overthrew him, which is the definition of revolution.