Sunday, March 27, 2011

So THESE are the Behaviours of Choice for Managing an Insurgency? (Al Arabiya)

Whiskey.  Peeing.  Beating.  General unruly and 'animalistic' behaviour - so if you are fighting for your country, to preserve your power, to garner support for your interests - is this what you would be doing?  Societal perspectives and other cultural norms (for those the perpetrate them) illustrate the continued and vast plasticity of the human spirit - that remains after centuries of so called advancement and evolution.  The animal spirit lives.

Woman pleads with foreign media in hotel to help her

Woman says raped by Gaddafi’s men, pleas for help

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Eman al-Obaidi screams with tears
TRIPOLI (Agencies)
A weeping Libyan woman made a desperate plea for help on Saturday, slipping into a Tripoli hotel full of foreign media to accuse pro-government militiamen of gang-raping her and covering her in bruises and scars.

"Look at what Gaddafi's militias did to me," Eman al-Obaidi screamed with tears in her eyes, pulling up her coat to show blood on her upper leg.
After being intimidated by security men and hotel staff, who also beat journalists trying to interview her in the restaurant of the hotel, she was bundled into a car and driven away.

Obaidi said she had been arrested at a checkpoint in Tripoli because she was from the city of Benghazi, bastion of the insurgency against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's rule.

Obaidi, who appeared to be in her 30s and was wearing a loose black coat, slippers and a scarf, said she had been raped by 15 men and held for two days. Her face was badly bruised.

"They swore at me and they filmed me. I was alone. There was whisky. I was tied up," she said, weeping and stretching out her arms to show the scars.


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