Crowds gather to see dead dictator’s body as rebel leaders debate his final resting place
Muammar Gaddafi's body, bloodied and half-naked on a filthy
mattress in a meat locker, is the latest spoil of war hauled back to Misrata by
its exuberant fighters, confident they are Libya's fiercest revolutionaries.
Gaddafi's body lay on a mattress on the floor of the cold
room, as it did on Friday when hundreds of members of the public filed in to
see for themselves that the man who ruled Libya for 42 years was dead.
The city of Misrata became something of a symbol for the
revolt against Gaddafi after it fell to rebels early in the war and then stayed
in their hands throughout, despite a merciless bombardment and lengthy siege by
the Libyan army.
And now, with its fighters having played such a major part
in the war and that fact hammered home by its claiming of some of the most
potent symbols of Gaddafi's downfall, the city is emerging as a powerful player
in post-Gaddafi Libya.
"There are other brigades from all over the country who
fought to defeat Gaddafi. But it's true the Misrata freedom fighters were
mostly responsible for taking Tripoli and for capturing Gaddafi," said a
Tripoli-based interim government official, who did not want to be named for fear
of prejudicing delicate negotiations about posts in the new government.
"The city will have to be rewarded for that and I think
that it will be," he said.
Interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril went to Misrata on
Friday to talk to its leaders about what to do with Gaddafi's corpse.
The country's new government does not want to see his grave
become a place of pilgrimage for his supporters or for it to be desecrated by
NTC sources in Tripoli say that, though his body is expected
to be buried in a secret location, the Misratans do not want Gaddafi's final
resting place to be on their turf.
Some officials say concessions, including senior government
jobs, could be offered in exchange for a change of heart.
Much of Misrata was destroyed by tank fire and constant
shelling by Gaddafi's forces. Its water supplies were deliberately cut and food
began to run out, but it resisted the onslaught.
Blooded by that battle, its fighters then played a major
role in the fall of Tripoli and were responsible for snatching Gaddafi.
Gaddafi's body has become a grisly attraction for the city's
residents as it awaits burial. Two other "trophies", among the fallen
leader's most eye-catching possessions, were also driven to Misrata after its
fighters overran his Tripoli compound.
The most visible is Gaddafi's symbol of his contempt for the
West; a giant golden statue of a hand crushing a US warplane. It now stands,
sprayed with revolutionary slogans and painted with Libya's new flag, on
Misrata's Tripoli Street which was razed during the bombardment.
"I think there are some people in Tripoli who might be
wanting that back," one Western diplomat said as he looked at the statue.
The diplomat was alluding to the fact that the brigades from
Misrata did not consult the leaders of the interim government, the National
Transitional Council (NTC), before looting Gaddafi's Tripoli compound or before
carting his battered body home with them from Sirte.
Behind the warplane statue is a museum dedicated to
Misratans who died during the war and a collection of the weapons they used to
defend their city.
To the statue's right, precariously perched on the footpath
outside the museum, is the other big Tripoli trophy; a giant statue of an eagle
looted from the roof of Gaddafi's home inside his Bab al-Aziziya headquarters
and command centre.
Some Libyan political analysts see Misrata, the country's
third largest city after Tripoli and the other rebel stronghold, Benghazi,
growing more confident about its post-war clout. Benghazi and Misrata felt
sidelined during Gaddafi's rule and all three are now jostling for position in
the new Libya.
And, unlike the corpse, the fist and the eagle are symbols
of influence that Misrata intends to hold on to.
The fate of this man is to be get killed by its own people on whom he rules for 42years...... if he was so cruel and so bad then why some people are giving these UNKNOWN FACTS as follows:
Now let us get to the unknown facts about the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi:
1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
3. Home considered a human right in Libya - Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi's father has died while he, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.
4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
more to follow....
5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.
6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kick-start their farms - all for free.
7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it - not only free but they get US$2,300/mth accommodation and car allowance.
8. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per litre.
10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion - now frozen globally.
11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
more to follow...
12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
13. A mother who gave birth to a child receives US$5,000.
14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15.
15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree.
16. Gaddafi carried out the world's largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.
Can anyone confirn on all these UNKNOWN FACTS?...
How many people was he responsible for murdering and raping?