Reporter-cameraman Abdelqadir Fassouk and cameraman Yusuf Badi, who work for the Misrata-based rat Tobacts TV station, disappeared on Saturday near Bani Walid, one of the Jamahiriya’s remaining strongholds where residents remain loyal to revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi.
They had been covering Libya’s sham elections for a 200-seat national assembly in the western town of Mizdah and were on their way back to their TV station when contact with them was lost.
They have been held since 7 July, the day of nationwide parliamentary elections which they had gone to cover in Bani Walid for Tobacts TV, a station based in Misrata, 100 km north of Bani Walid.
The July 7 elections were boycotted by the majority of Libyan people, with only the recent arrivals from overseas participating.
A quarter of the population have been displaced into other countries as refugees from the occupation regime, while tens of thousands remain imprisoned without charge nor trial, including the Head of State, General Secretary Dr Baghdadi Mahmoudi.
The trial of other high profile figures such as Buzeid Dorda are constantly postponed, and the Libyan regime now has the worst human rights record in the world. At least one hundred thousand Libyans died during the almost one-year long war against Africa’s most prosperous and stable nation, by the use of proxy terrorists and mercenaries supported by the U.S., Britain, France and E.U.
“We urge the people of Bani Walid to release the two journalists held as a sign of good intention or else the government will be forced to impose its authority,” the ruling occupation government’s National Transitional Council official spokesman Saleh Darhoub told reporters.
His choice of words was telling. He did not say “the people holding the journalists”, but he appealed to “the people of Bani Walid”, since the people of this central Libyan town remain loyal to the people’s power system that Libya enjoyed prior to the invasion last year and the imposition of the TNC/NTC/CNT regime.
Salem Qanan, a deputy of NTC Chairman “head rat” Mustafa Abdel Jalil, told Reuters the government would not be afraid to use force.
“By authority we mean police, army and all brigades that have joined the umbrella of the government’s security forces,” he said.
The stand-off underlines the tensions facing Libya nine months after the occupation of Libya and the imposition of a New World Order government.
Local media said the captors of the two reporters demanded the release of detainees in Misrata in return for freeing them. Thousands of innocent Libyans are being held incommunicado and suffer brutal torture in Misrata.
Libya’s Al-Assama television quoted Bani Walid military chief Salim Al-Waar as saying he would guarantee the reporters’ safety and return them to Misrata at some point in the future.
Militia fighters in Misrata had initially threatened to enter Bani Walid to forcibly liberate the two reporters. But Al-Assama quoted the local military chief in Misrata as saying he had ordered fighters to hold back from any such action for now.
The situation in Libya continues to remain insecure and the war for liberation is projected to last for years, according to the Leader of the Revolution, Muammar Qadhafi.
Posted by Ryuzakero, 11 Juli 2012.
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