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Libya celebrates 1st anniversary of revolution

02-19-2012 14:24 BJT

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Many had expected protests and demonstrations in several parts of Libya as people mark the first anniversary of the start of the revolution which led to the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, who had ruled the country for 42 years.

However, the situation was totally different despite many Libyans expressing dissatisfaction with the transitional authority over the slow pace in implementing reforms. Kofa Mrenje reports from Tripoli, where there was pomp and color as Libyans celebrated the historic day on Friday.

A Libyan waves the Kingdom of Libya flag as he celebrates the first anniversary of
the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, along a street in Benghazi February 17,

Fireworks decorated the night sky.

As the crowd kept swealing at the martyr square in Libya’s capital Tripoli.

They came in the thousands to celebrate this historic day.

Tripoli resident Diab Ibrahimd said: "It’s the first time I feel myself as a Libyan. Before, when Ghadafi controlled our country, believe me, even myself I am originally Libyan, Ghadafi was Libyan but for us, no. "

Many had expected protests and violent demonstrations as Libyans marked the first anniversary of the revolution that led to the fall of Muamar Ghadafi. After all, Libyans had been protesting in many occasions in the recent past, against the National Transitional Council, over the slow pace in implementing reforms. But on this day, all issues were left behind. And they celebrated the best way they knew how.

Song and dance, that’s all they had in mind. From the young and even the old.

Tripoli resident Sofia Fujani said: "I feel I will never feel like this before. We never felt we were proud to be Libyans, and we are proud to be alive during this revolution because this will never come back again. I feel Libya will be fine, and the future is great and it will be beautiful than before. "

Head of the NTC Mustaffa Abdul Jalil was quoted on local media saying the interim government will give every household in Libya, which is about 600,000 households, 1,500 US dollars each, to help them start life a fresh. After all, that is what the revolution was all about. Better living conditions for all after what many call 42 years of oppression.

The celebrations which started early in the day went on until late at night. From the streets to the roads, everyone was in a celebratory mode.

Reporter: “Thousands of Libyans have come out here at the martyr square to celebrate this historic day. The young and the old, no one wanted to be left out. One year after the revolution that led to the fall of Muamar Ghadafi, many Libyans hope this will be the start of a better future for Libya.”

A Libyan girl in traditional tribal costume flashes the V-sign for victory as
families parade in their cars through the streets of Tripoli in celebration, on the
eve of the first anniversary of the revolt against slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi.






    Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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