Manipur: General Strike protests Army’s capture and disappearance of rebel leader

The normally busy Waheng leikai junction wears a deserted look during the 12 hours general strike called by the KCP (Maoist) Wednesday.

Manipur bandh to protest missing rebel leader

Newmai News Network

Imphal | September 21 : A 12-hour state-wide general strike imposed by proscribed Kangleipak Communist Party (Maoist) against the alleged enforced disappearance of RPF/PLA assistant publicity secretary G.M Changjou passed off peacefully without any strike related incident.
The 12-hour general strike that lasted from 5 am to 5 pm today completely paralyzed the valley districts with inter and intra state public and private transport facilities staying off the road. Business establishment, private and public educational institutions also remained closed for the day.
However, few private vehicles were seen on the roads of Imphal even as government offices show lean attendance. Essential services were exempted from the purview of the general strike.
Assistant publicity secretary of RPF/PLA GM Changjou was reportedly picked up from a rented house in Dimapur on August 18 by suspected army men and has since been missing.
The 12-hour general strike was imposed against the alleged enforced disappearance of the PLA leader. This is the second time that a general strike has been imposed on the alleged disappearance of Changjou.

Libya protest against moves to establish rebel power with superficially retro-fitted Gaddafi-ites

[It is important to note that former Gaddafi-regime officials, now in the NTC, are urging the NATO forces to continue.  These same officials, and others in the Gaddafi regime, had maintained the friendly and collaborative US-Gaddafi relationship in recent years until the emerging revolt six months ago crippled Gaddafi’s dependability as a deal-maker with the US, then the US turned its attention to controlling the rebel forces instead.  Some of the Gaddafi officials who had kept the regime’s relations with the US, jumped off the sinking Gaddafi ship and joined the rebel forces, often in commanding positions. — Frontlines ed.]

Dissent in Libya against NTC nominations

AlJazeeraEnglish on Aug 28, 2011

The NTC has been nominating members for a new government, but there is public resistance to the appointments. Libyans have held protests within the country accusing the NTC of not being transparent enough.

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from a protest in Misrata, said: “They [the protesters] say the old guard of the Gaddafi regime are far too prominent in the list of people issued so far.

“They are also insisting there should be new faces for a new Libya.”

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons reporting from Misrata.

Libya: In desperation, the people cry for relief from vultures who have stolen the struggle against the oppressive Gaddafi

[It will be a long, difficult uphill climb for the people of Libya.  As they rose in rebellion against the dictator Gaddafi, there were few and paltry democratic and revolutionary instruments to organize, unite, and lead their struggle.  Now, the Gaddafi family is on the run, but opportunist and oppressive vultures–both domestic and imperialist– are unleashing their own reign of terror on the very people who have challenged Gaddafi with such high hopes, and on African migrants subjected to racist stereotypes.  The people have the challenge to seize back the struggle that has been taken from them, and to begin the remaking of a society in great pain.  In this, the struggle is complex and difficult, but similar in some important ways to the challenge in the other countries of the Arab Spring. — Frontlines ed.]

Evidence of Libya massacres?

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Alex Thomson witnesses the terror of black Africans accused by rebels of being

mercenaries and evidence of alleged massacres by Gaddafi forces.

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Mass graves of people opposed to Gaddafi

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Now fears of disease rise as bodies pile up on the streets

Taking away dead is a priority as Tripoli struggles with a shortage of medicine, water, fuel and food

The Wall of Martyrs in Benghazi yesterday

The Wall of Martyrs in Benghazi yesterday

By Kim Sengupta in Tripoli

Sunday, 28 August 2011

The shots came from two of the high-rise buildings, long bursts of Kalashnikov fire which made the rebel fighters on the ground scatter in alarm. The stubborn resistance at Abu Salim hospital, the last redoubt of the Gaddafi loyalists in Tripoli, was not yet over.

The scale of the fighting is now much reduced, but the bodies keep piling up – civilians caught up in the crossfire during the fierce violence of the past few days; fighters from both sides killed in action; those summarily executed, black men by the rebels for being alleged mercenaries, and political prisoners by the regime.

Outside Bab al-Aziziyah, Muammar Gaddafi’s fortress stormed last week, the dead, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa, many with their hands tied behind their back, some gagged, have been left on display on the roadside by the revolutionaries. Inside Abu Salim, the dead from the mortuary, some with marks of manacles on their wrists, spill into other rooms at the hospital. Continue reading

Libyan civilians build weapons of rebellion

Mechanics work on improvised weapons in Misrata, Libya.

[In February, the people of Libya, inspired by the rebellions in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, rose in rebellion against the oppressive Gaddafi regime.  This shattered the usefulness of Gaddafi to US and EU imperialists, who had profited greatly from Gaddafi’s partnership with them over the last decade.  So the US and EU/NATO moved to influence and manipulate the Libyan rebellion, in order to win control of Libya and its resources in coming years.  This means the Libyan people are up against two obstacles to liberation–the Gaddafi regime, and the deceptive US/EU/NATO forces which have poured military resources into defeating Gaddafi, but also to control the military force of the Libyan rebellion–and to prevent genuine liberation.  The imperialists have been doling out such arms rather selectively–and Libyan rebels, who are divided about the role the US/EU can play, are creating their own weapons factories for the resistance.  It is not clear what scale these initiatives have taken, and whether they are leading to a degree, large or small, of political and military independence from US/NATO imperialist forces. — Frontlines ed.]

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June 20, 2011

MISRATA, Libya  (AP)— Aref Abu Zeid used to be a heavy equipment engineer at the Libya Steel Company. Now he runs an 80-man team working 12 hours a day turning out rockets and weapons to fight Muammar Qadaffi’s forces.

In this rebel stronghold in western Libya, civilian engineers, mechanics and tradesmen are pumping out materiel to arm the uprising against Qadaffi’s rule that has become a civil war.

“None of us here have anything to do with the military,” said Abu Zeid, 50, a short man with a thick salt and pepper beard and an easy smile. “Our need to protect our homes, our lives and our city forced us into this war work.”

Misrata, the country’s third-largest city located 125 miles southeast of the capital, is home to the largest steel company in the country and metal is always available here. Continue reading