Libya: Pasukan Pemberontak Masuki Tripoli

Pasukan pemberontak Libya, yang didukung oleh NATO dan negeri-negeri imperialis, telah berhasil memasuki kota Tripoli, Ibukota Libya, pada Senin pagi (22/8). Tidak hanya itu, para pemberontak dilaporkan berhasil menangkap dua putra Khadafi.

Sebuah laporan Reuters menyebutkan bahwa putra Khadafi, Saif al-Islam, yang juga komandan brigade ke-32, pasukan terkuat di Libya, telah ditangkap oleh pasukan pemberontak.

Sebuah tayangan televisi memperlihatkan pasukan pemberontak melambai-lambaikan bendera di lapangan hijau, di pusat kota Tripoli, tempat jutaan pendukung Khadafi selalu berkumpul dan memberikan dukungan kepada para pemimpin.

Pimpinan pemberontak, Abdullah Almayhop, dari Dewan Transisi Nasional (NTC), menyatakan bahwa pihaknya sudah hampir mengusai seluruh kota Tripoli, kecuali sebuah kawasan di Al-Aziziyah, dimana sisa-sisa pendukung Khadafi bertahan.

Sampai saat ini keberadaan Khadafi belum diketahui. Dalam beberapa tayangan pidatonya, ia berjanji akan bertempur sampai akhir dan tidak akan meninggalkan Libya.

Sedikitnya 1400 orang tewas dalam 24 jam pertempuran terakhir. Pertempuran paling sengit terjadi di pinggiran kota Tripoli, minggu kemarin (21/8).

Sekjend NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, ketika berbicara di Brussel, menegaskan bahwa kekuasaan 42 tahun Muammar Khadafi telah runtuh. Ia juga menyerukan kepada seluruh pendukung Khadafi dan suku-suku di Libya untuk segera menyerah dan menghindari pertumpahan darah.

Perdana Menteri Inggris David Cameron, yang negerinya barusaja diluluhlantakkan oleh kemarahan rakyat miskin, mengatakan bahwa situasi di Tripoli menunjukkan akhir dari kekuasaan Khadafi.

Di Paris, Perancis, Presiden Nicholas Sarkozy juga tidak dapat menutupi kesan kegembiraannya atas berita kemenangan ini. Dia mengatakan, “kemenangan pemberontak sudah tidak diragukan lagi.”

Sementara itu, dukungan terhadap Khadafi terus disampaikan oleh Presiden Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. Chavez mengecam kekuatan barat yang telah menghancurkan Tripoli dengan bom. Ia juga mengajak seluruh kekuatan anti-imperialis di seluruh dunia untuk berdoa demi kemenangan rakyat Libya.

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    NATO SLAUGHTER IN TRIPOLI:
    \Operation Mermaid Dawn\ Signals Assault by Rebels’ Al Qaeda Death Squads

    By Thierry Meyssan
    Global Research, August 21, 2011
    Voltaire Network
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26118

    Tripoli, Libya, Aug. 22, 2011, 1 AM CET– On Saturday evening, at 8pm, when the hour of Iftar marked the breaking of the Ramadan fast, the NATO command launched its “Operation Mermaid Dawn” against Libya.

    The Sirens were the loudspeakers of the mosques, which were used to launch Al Qaeda’s call to revolt against the Qaddafi government. Immediately the sleeper cells of the Benghazi rebels went into action. These were small groups with great mobility, which carried out multiple attacks. The overnight fighting caused 350 deaths and 3,000 wounded.

    The situation calmed somewhat on Sunday during the course of the day.

    Then, a NATO warship sailed up and anchored just off the shore at Tripoli, delivering heavy weapons and debarking Al Qaeda jihadi forces, which were led by NATO officers.

    Fighting stared again during the night. There were intense firefights. NATO drones and aircraft kept bombing in all directions. NATO helicopters strafed civilians in the streets with machine guns to open the way for the jihadis.

    In the evening, a motorcade of official cars carrying top government figures came under attack. The convoy fled to the Hotel Rixos, where the foreign press is based. NATO did not dare to bomb the hotel because they wanted to avoid killing the journalists. Nevertheless the hotel, which is where I am staying, is now under heavy fire.

    At 11:30pm, the Health Minister had to announce that the hospitals were full to overflowing. On Sunday evening, there had been 1300 additional dead and 5,000 wounded.

    NATO had been charged by the UN Security Council with protecting civilians in Libya. In reality, France and Great Britain have just re-started their colonial massacres.

    At 1am, Khamis Qaddafi came to the Rixos Hotel personally to deliver weapons for the defense of the hotel. He then left. There is now heavy fighting all around the hotel.