5 Years Later: Libyans Regret Revolting Against Muammar Gaddafi


Libyans are recounting their loss years after revolting against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi as instability and violence ravage the country.

On-the–ground interviews of Libyans reveals that the citizens now miss Gadaffi like never before because of the satiability his government gave to the country and the Arab-league.

Five years after the death of Gaddafi, Libya is yet unstable and faced with series of refugee crisis, violence, shortage and blackout.

Some Libyans interviewed by Daily Mail expressed their regret on the decision to oust Gadaffi from power noting that had they known, they wouldn’t have participated in the revolution.

“I joined the revolution in the first days and fought against Gaddafi,” a former anti-regime fighter named Mohammed said.

The 31-year-old furthered that “Before 2011, I hated Gaddafi more than anyone. But now, life is much, much harder, and I have become his biggest fan.”

An oil worker named Haroun also expressed that killing Gaddafi “was clearly a mistake because we weren’t ready for democracy and we needed support from the international community, which just wasn’t there.”

Political activist, Fadiel, told the paper that although “it should be better than Gaddafi’s time now,” all that remained is “chaos and everyone fighting each other, it’s just a mess.”

Entrepreneur Nuri, from Tripoli, said: “It’s not so much about being pro-Gaddafi because he was a crazy leader who was actually quite embarrassing internationally. It’s just that people’s lives are so difficult now compared to under Gaddafi.”

Medical student Salem, 26, also from Tripoli, said hopes had been quickly crushed in the wake of the US-led war in which the UK played a major part.

“Far more people have been killed since 2011 than during the revolution or under 42 years of Gaddafi’s rule combined. We never had these problems under Gaddafi.

“There was always money and electricity and, although people did not have large salaries, everything was cheap, so life was simple,” he added.

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