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Libya's 2011 revolution ... in 2 minutes

Libya changed dramatically in 2011. In December 2010, Colonel Qadhafi's regime - renowned for its poor human rights record for dissidents - was approaching 42 years in power. Yet by 2012, a human rights film festival was being held not far from Qadhafi's former palace. In this video, we outline how 2011 made this change possible.

Libya’s 2011 revolution...

in 2 minutes

February: Peaceful protests

begin in Benghazi.

Qadhafi’s forces respond

with violence.

And we will march in our millions,

to purify Libya inch by inch...

...house by house, home by home,

street by street, person by person.

Until the country is clean

of the dirt and impurities.

Innocent protesters are killed.

Rebels start fighting back.

But Qadhafi’s violence

against his people continued.

The international community steps in.

The UN Security Council

passed a strong resolution

that demands an end

to the violence against citizens.

The international community

had to act.

The violence unleashed against

the people of Libya was intolerable.

October: Qadhafi’s regime crumbles.

Qadhafi is found and killed soon after.

Libyans end 42 years of dictatorship.

Libya ends 2011 as a free country.

Libya’s 2011 revolution...

in 2 minutes

February: Peaceful protests

begin in Benghazi.

Qadhafi’s forces respond

with violence.

And we will march in our millions,

to purify Libya inch by inch...

...house by house, home by home,

street by street, person by person.

Until the country is clean

of the dirt and impurities.

Innocent protesters are killed.

Rebels start fighting back.

But Qadhafi’s violence

against his people continued.

The international community steps in.

The UN Security Council

passed a strong resolution

that demands an end

to the violence against citizens.

The international community

had to act.

The violence unleashed against

the people of Libya was intolerable.

October: Qadhafi’s regime crumbles.

Qadhafi is found and killed soon after.

Libyans end 42 years of dictatorship.

Libya ends 2011 as a free country.

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