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Read the Writing on the Wall

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With the fall of Tunisia’s and Egypt’s unpopular, planted leaders as a result of people’s revolutions, the Middle East and some other countries are experiencing pangs of democracy that had been suppressed with brutal hands supported by diabolic conspiracies for decades together. In Libya and Bahrain protests are taking severe turn. In Libya, pro-democracy protesters are being dealt with iron fist of Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s troops, who have been asked to suppress the popular revolution with all the might at their command. The multi-level action against the unarmed protesters has claimed over 300 innocent lives. As many as 50 Muslim leaders of Libya have called upon the ruthless administration to stop killing of innocent protesters as in the light of the Qur’ānic teachings taking even one single innocent life is tantamount to killing of the entire human race.
The popular revolution is taking roots in Libya as its fire has spread to all cities and villages in the country, and armed opposition to the protests does not seem to deter the protesters. The situation prevailing therein is turning ever severe with the revolution causing split in the rank and file of the army, sections of which have joined the revolution. 
Libya’s ambassador to India, Ali al-Essawi, has also tendered his resignation in protest against his government’s violent crackdown on demonstrators calling for the ouster of Gaddafi. Al-Essawi also accused the government of deploying foreign mercenaries against the protesters.
The deepening chaos in Libya has hit stocks and pushed oil prices sharply higher.With reports suggesting of over 300 people killed, investors are getting increasingly worried about the escalating violence in the country. Unlike Tunisia and Egypt, Libya is a member of OPEC and has a direct impact on global oil production. Under these circumstances, the callous attitude of Gaddafi administration towards the large segments of masses ever flooding the Libyan streets will further harm the national interests of the country.
These popular revolutions spreading over the various countries prove the fact that people’s voice cannot be suppressed however brutal the opposition may be. People now want to experience real democracy on their pulse. The success of popular revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt has given impetus to people elsewhere to follow the suit. It is high time the dictators read the writing on the wall.


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