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Libyan protesters demand Turkish president Erdogan withdraw his militants from their country. Photo: FWM Archive

Anti-Turkish ‘Stop Terror’ rally held in Benghazi

Libyan people are protesting against the neo-Ottoman ambitions of Turkish president Erdogan.

Published: February 16, 2020, 7:54 am

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    The participation of Turkey in the Libyan crisis has been widely criticized by the majority of the population of Libya.

    In Benghazi on February 14, a “Stop Terror” rally was held. It was attended by tens of thousands of people (according to the participants there were up to 200 000 people). The event was attended by representatives of tribes, municipal officials, representatives of student and public organisations, delegations from different cities and districts and all concerned citizens of Libya.

    During the rally, everyone could join the “Stop Terror” movement and join the Libyan National Army (LNA) to join the ranks of the defenders of the state. Those who could not join the army for some reason, helped its fighters by donating blood – at the end of the rally all donors were presented with letters of gratitude.

    On the square, residents of Benghazi expressed their rejection of the neo-Ottoman policy dictated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    As a result of the “Stop Terror“ rally, a resolution was voiced by the people of Libya appealing to the international community. The fact is that the Libyans are categorically dissatisfied with Turkey’s interference in the situation in Libya.

    They perceive the actions of Ankara as a direct invasion and occupation of the country, as Turkey is acting in cooperation with the terrorists of the GNA, which the Libyans do not regard as the official authority; they rather view them as the terrorist scourge.

    During the manifestation Erdogan’s policy in Libya was characterizes as the neo-Ottoman plan of the establishing new Turkish empire and installing new form of the domination in the Northern Africa region.

    Turkey’s support for the terrorists of the GNA is broad and is expressed not only in statements on the international scene, but also in physical assistance in the form of weapons, armored vehicles and terrorists from Syrian Idlib.

    Only in the last two months, three to eight passenger airplanes carrying Syrian terrorists from Idlib, as well as Turkish soldiers and fighters of the private military company “SADAT“ have arrived from Turkey in the cities of Tripoli and Misrata. According to various estimates, at least 10 000 Syrian terrorists are currently in Tripoli, and their presence has caused a huge spike in crimes in the city, including the killing, looting and pillaging of civilians.

    In addition, at least 14 ships have arrived, bringing in huge quantities of military equipment, arms and ammunition, which is a flagrant violation of the UN embargo, as well as the agreements reached in Berlin – including the issue of Turkish participation.

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