When the West refused to allow sanctions against Apartheid in South Africa and used to call Nelson Mandela a terrorist, Gaddafi was embracing him and funding his fight against Apartheid by training ANC fighters, arming them and paying for their education abroad.
Nelson Mandela: ”No country can claim to be the policeman of the world and no state can dictate to another what it should do. Those that yesterday were friends of our enemies have the gall today to tell me not to visit my brother Gaddafi. They are advising us to be ungrateful and forget our friends of the past.
“Gaddafi helped us at a time when those who say we should not come to Libya were helping the enemy.”
Photo: Nelson Mandela tours the site of Muammar Gaddafi’s home that was attacked in 1986 by the U.S., October 23, 1997.
Comrade Nelson Mandela, July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013
Cde Nelson Mandela: political prisoner, proponent of armed struggle, anti-imperialist, ally of Cuba, Palestine, and green Libya. Accept no substitutes from the big business media and imperialist regimes that used to call him ‘terrorist.’
Updated 9:00 pm: At least 15 people were killed and 95 hurt in Tripoli after a peaceful demonstration calling on unruly militias to leave the Libyan capital turned violent on Friday, an official said.
The militias are holdovers from the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi and are a powerful force in the increasingly lawless North African country.
"Fifteen dead and 95 wounded, several of them seriously, have been admitted to Tripoli hospitals," a health ministry spokesman said.
He was unable to give a breakdown between those killed in the demonstration and those who died in a subsequent assault on the militia headquarters.
"It’s total confusion," he said.
October 20, 2011 - Muammar Gadhafi dies. The Libyan revolutionary nationalist leader was lynched by U.S.-backed contras under cover of NATO airstrikes.
Two years since Gaddafi was murdered today and the NATO powers hailed the success of their “Libyan revolution” and what are the results so far?
A once stable, prosperous and unified country now experiences:
Frequent bombings, kidnappings and violent clashes between competing militias
Thousands languishing in jails and makeshift detention centres at the hands of various militias with little ability by the central government to enforce a national legal system across the country (more famously evidenced by their inability to bring Saif from court in Zintan to Tripoli)
Increased incidence of predominantly Sub-Saharan migrants and Libyans who previously were living and working safely in Libya fleeing to Europe, and growing incidences of catastrophes on the treacherous journey via the Med
The bedrock of the Libyan economy - oil production plummeting from 1 million + barrels a day to a couple of hundred thousand at best
And all continuing to deteriorate by the day.
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