Slavery in Libya, more protests


This video is about the 25 November 2017 demonstration in Brussels, Belgium against slavery in Libya.

Slavery in Libya was abolished in 1857; before, eg, the United States of America, or the Dutch colonial empire abolished it. However, NATO’s 2011 ‘humanitarian’ war on Libya brought it back.

This video is about the 18 November 2017 demonstration in Paris, France against slavery in Libya.

This video is about the 24 November 2017 demonstration in Paris, France against slavery in Libya. A banner accuses ex-president Sarkozy of France of being the ‘murderer’ who helped to bring back slavery to Libya. Sarkozy was one of the driving forces behind the 2011 NATO war on Libya.

Macron trip to Africa: The Guardian writes: ‘the reality of slavery in Libya has set alarm bells ringing in the Elysée, especially since critics say France, by backing the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, has a key responsibility for Libya’s current state of near-anarchy.’

This video is also about the 24 November 2017 demonstration in Paris, France against slavery in Libya.

This video is about the 24 November 2017 demonstration in Cotonou, Benin against slavery in Libya.

This video is about the 20 November 2017 demonstration in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, against slavery in Libya.

This video is about the 20 November 2017 demonstration in Mali against slavery in Libya.

This video is about the 20 November 2017 demonstration in Morocco against slavery in Libya.

This video is about the 25 November 2017 demonstration in Bordeaux, France against slavery in Libya.

This video is about the 25 November 2017 demonstration in Lyon, France against slavery in Libya.

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Belgian police arrests anti-slavery demonstrators


This 20 November 2017 video is called Libya Slave Auctions Horrify UN Chief.

Translated from Belga news agency in Belgium:

11.11.11 [Belgian charity for the Third World] no longer wants support for the Libyan Coast Guard

November 23, 2017

As long as Belgium can not guarantee that the EUR 10 million invested in the European Union Trust Fund will be used to prevent slavery, 11.11.11 asks for the suspension of this funding. The reason for the 11.11.11 step is a CNN report, in which a hidden camera showed that refugees from Nigeria in Libya are sold as slaves for a few hundred dollars.

‘Belgium invests € 10 million in the EU Trust Fund and is, like most other EU member states, partly responsible for the degrading treatment of migrants by the Libyan coastguard‘, they say.

The Belgian government is also responsible by supporting the 2011 NATO war on Libya.

Like in France, today in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, there was a demonstration against the slave markets in NATO’s ‘brave new’ Libya; organised by the Africa Liberation organisation. Police, according to Dutch NOS TV, attacked demonstrators wiith a water cannon and arrested over fifty people. Like the Paris, France police threw tear gas at anti-slavery demonstrators.

This video is about the 25 November 2017 Brussels anti-slavery demonstration.

This video says about itself:

Black people sold as slaves in Libya, North Africa

17 November 2017

“History will one day have its say, but it will not be the history that Brussels, Paris, Washington or the United Nations will teach, but that which they will teach in the countries emancipated from colonialism and its puppets. Africa will write its own history, and it will be, to the north and to the south of the Sahara, a history of glory and dignity” – Patrice Emery Lumumba.

EU migrant deal with Libya is ‘inhuman’ – UN: here.

Migrants from west Africa being ‘sold in Libyan slave markets’: here.

Gaddafi gold-for-oil, dollar-doom plans behind Libya ‘mission’? Here.

To be black in Libya: here.

African migrants sold in Libya ‘slave markets’, IOM says: here.

Libya’s spectacular revolution has been disgraced by racism: here.

‘Indict Libyan slave traders at International Criminal Court’


This video from France says about itself:

18 November 2017

Thousands are protesting in Paris about Black African migrants being kidnapped and auctioned off into slavery in Libya. Yet the media remains silent on this protest.

Slavery in Libya was abolished in 1857; before, eg, the United States of America, or the Dutch colonial empire abolished it. However, NATO’s 2011 ‘humanitarian’ war on Libya brought it back.

Dutch NOS TV reports today that the Ivory Coast President, Alassane Ouattara, wants the slave traders selling refugees at slave markets in Libya to be indicted at the International Criminal Court in The Hague in the Netherlands.

In itself a good idea. However, one may wonder whether only Libyans of lower levels of the criminal food chain might be indicted in practice. And their enablers at the top levels of the three or more governments in Libya might go scot-free, being ‘too big to jail‘. And ex-Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, ex-President Sarkozy of France, the
hawks in the United States State Department and other Libya warmongers, who prepared the ground for re-introduction of slavery, might also go scot-free, being ‘too big to jail‘.

There were reports three years ago of the International Criminal Court investigating Tony Blair for war crimes in Iraq. Unfortunately, I did not hear anything about that lately.

This African American video says about itself:

France is primailry to blame for slave auctions in Libya

18 November 2017

Yesterday, France used tear gas on protesters, protesting slave auctions in Libya. In 2011 France was the main voice pushing for the war in Libya. It was the first country to use their aircraft to bomb Libya. Today we see slaves, enslaved Africans, being bought and sold in Libya. Bernard Henri Levy, a Frenchman, is also responsible.

Protests against Libyan slave markets


This video says about itself:

France: Police use tear gas following Libya slave auctions protest

18 November 2017

Clashes broke out between protesters and police in Paris on Saturday, following a demonstration against illegal slave auctions of migrants in Libya.

Migrants being sold as ‘slaves’ in Libya, IOM reports.

Slavery in Libya was abolished in 1857; before, eg, the United States of America, or the Dutch colonial empire abolished it. However, NATO’s 2011 ‘humanitarian’ war on Libya brought it back.

By Kumaran Ira in France:

Paris: Protests erupt against slavery in Libya

23 November 2017

The re-emergence of slavery in Libya exposes the reactionary character of the imperialist war waged by the NATO alliance against the country and across North Africa and the Middle East.

In Paris Saturday more than 1,000 people gathered in front of the Libyan embassy, after a CNN documentary showing the auctioning of refugees as slaves inside the North African country circulated on social media.

This video says about itself:

14 November 2017

Smugglers in Libya are auctioning migrants off as slaves. At a property outside Tripoli, CNN’s Nima Elbagir witnessed a dozen men go under the hammer in the space of minutes.

The Kumaran Ira article continues:

The CNN report showing the sale of migrants has shocked and angered masses of people around the world. It shows two young men for sale. The proceedings are filmed secretly on a cell phone camera. A voice-over explains, “A man addresses the crowd: ‘A strong man for farm work’, he says. ‘400 [dinars]! 700? 700! 800? The prices rise!’” The voice-over adds, “The men are sold for 1,200 Libyan dinars, that is US$400 each. This is an auction of human beings.”

Several organizations, including the Collective Against Slavery and Concentration Camps in Libya (CECCL), created after the CNN report spread over social media, organized the Saturday demonstration. Protesters carried signs saying “No to slavery in Libya” and reportedly burned the national flag.

French security forces violently attacked the protest. CRS riot police fired tear gas at the demonstrators. In videos shared on social media, one can see tense stand-offs with shouting and charges by protesters and police units. According to police sources, two people were arrested.

The police prefecture issued a statement denouncing the supposedly illegal and undeclared character of the protest, while admitting that “no damage had been caused” during the event. Nevertheless, the prefecture demanded that the organizers of the protest be identified, so “that legal proceedings can be started in order to prepare appropriate charges.”

The emergence of slavery in post-war Libya and the police-state repression of protests against slavery in France expose the advanced state of collapse of democratic forms in Europe. French imperialism and its supporters in the petty-bourgeois “left” have their hands drenched in blood.

Contemporary slavery in Libya is the product of the barbaric war waged by the United States, France and other NATO powers in 2011 to topple Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. Amid revolutionary uprisings of the working class against dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt, NATO launched a violent military intervention in North Africa. Petty-bourgeois charlatans like the New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA) and Bernard-Henri Lévy demanded a “humanitarian” war against Libya, supposedly to prevent Gaddafi from repressing protests in Benghazi.

The now infamous Professor Gilbert Achcar wrote much of the NPA’s pro-war propaganda on Libya. He reassured his readers that the different members of the “heterogeneous” coalition of NATO allies in Libya, “a mixture of human rights militants, intellectuals, tribal currents and Islamist forces”, were “united by their rejection of dictatorship, desire for democracy and respect for human rights.”

Achcar insisted that people in Europe had a moral duty to support war and attacked all left-wing criticism of the imperialist character of the NATO intervention. “If Gaddafi were allowed to pursue his military offensive and re-take Benghazi, there would be an enormous massacre. We are in a situation where a population is truly in danger and there is no other alternative to protect it. The assault from Gaddafi’s forces is coming in a matter of hours or days. One cannot, in the name of anti-imperialist principles, oppose an action that will prevent the massacre of civilians.”

All these shameless justifications for an imperialist war that killed tens of thousands of people and devastated an entire country were political lies. In fact, the Libyan war is a classic example of the role of imperialism. In the wake of a conflict waged supposedly to defend democracy, the freedom to protest and the Rights of Man, slavery has been reintroduced in Libya and non-state-sanctioned protests have been banned in France.

This vindicates what the World Socialist Web Site wrote on the war in 2011: “Far from a ‘revolution’ or struggle for ‘liberation,’ what the world is witnessing is the rape of Libya by a syndicate of imperialist powers determined to lay hold of its oil wealth and turn its territory into a neo-colonial base of operations for further interventions throughout the Middle East and North Africa.”

The war left behind a catastrophic situation for refugees. Hundreds of thousands of them now pass through Libya, which is mired in a six-year civil war between rival Islamist and tribal militias. Detained in various networks of concentration camps by the Libyan regime, by armed militias or criminal gangs, they are subject to extortion, torture, sexual assault, sometimes execution or sale in modern slave markets set up in parking lots in the capital city of Tripoli.

The European Union (EU) has reacted by doing everything it can to try to prevent the refugees from leaving and reaching Europe. The Macron government, which has established a permanent state of emergency that attacks basic democratic rights, works closely with the forces persecuting refugees on the ground inside Libya. It has proposed building triage centers in Libyan detention camps where French officials would work with their Libyan counterparts to admit a minority of refugees to Europe and prevent most of them from escaping North Africa.

This underscores the fact that the struggle against slavery and for the defense of refugees requires a political mobilization of the working class against the EU and NATO. Opposition to imperialist war, the source of the crimes against humanity now being reported in Libya, based on mobilizing the working class internationally on a struggle for socialism, is the perspective advanced by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) and the WSWS.

No to slavery in Libya

This is a picture by the Moroccan Association of Professional Football Players against slavery in Libya.

World leaders may have been quick to voice outrage over video footage of Libyan slave auctions, but activists raised the alarm months ago — and their warnings fell on deaf ears: here.

Don’t send refugees to Libyan torture jails, United Nations says


This Doctors Without Borders video says about itself:

5 Reasons Not to Trap Migrants & Refugees in Libya

13 September 2017

People who’ve left their homes searching for safety and a better life are being detained, imprisoned, tortured, raped, starved, and sold into slavery in Libya.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 14 November 2017:

UN: sending refugees back to Libya is inhuman

The United Nations refugee organization UNHCR has strongly criticized the European Union policy to assist the Libyan Coast Guard in intercepting boats with refugees.

There is not one Libyan Coast Guard, as there is not one Libyan government. There are at least three governments, each with their own armed gangs, killing each other’s gangsters and civilians. Some of them call themselves ‘the coast guard’. Some are paid by European Union taxpayers’ money, some by Italian taxpayers’ money, some by British taxpayers’ money, etc.

Human rights chief Zeid calls the way in which the refugees are detained in Libyan prisons inhuman and an insult to the conscience of humanity. He says that the situation has deteriorated considerably in recent times. “It was bad, but now it is catastrophic.”

In February, the EU signed an agreement with the government in Libya.

In exchange for around € 200 million, the Libyan Coast Guard must intercept ships in the Mediterranean and return them to land. The fact that the agreement does not contribute to the well-being of refugees has already been concluded by aid organizations, including Médecins Sans Frontières.

Emaciated

Employees of the UNHCR were in Libya last week. They spoke to people who were detained in Tripoli. “They were shocked by what they saw,” said Zeid. “Thousands of emaciated and traumatized men, women and children piled up on each other, trapped in hangars without access to the most basic provisions and stripped of their human dignity.”

According to the Libyan authorities, almost 20,000 refugees are now in prison. The UNHCR points out that they have no possibility to challenge their imprisonment and say they do not receive legal assistance. “Everything the EU has done so far has not helped to reduce abuses.”

This June 2017 video is called Rescued African migrants say they are fleeing slavery.

Libyan armed gang kills refugees


Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Quarrel between [rescue organisation] Sea-Watch and Libya about sunken refugee boat

Today, 21:40

Sea-Watch claims that the Libyan Coast Guard

There is not one Libyan Coast Guard, as there is not one Libyan government. There are at least three governments, each with their own armed gangs, killing each other’s gangsters and civilians. Some of them call themselves ‘the coast guard’. Some are paid by European Union taxpayers’ money, some by Italian taxpayers’ money, some by British taxpayers’ money, etc.

is responsible for the death of five migrants at sea by reckless ship movements. A rescue boat from the relief organization came along with a boat from the Libyan coast guard at a rubber boat with around 140 refugees. This happened according to Sea-Watch in international waters.

According to the aid organization, the Libyans forced as many people as possible to go aboard to take them back to Tripoli. Subsequently, the coast guard’s vessel moved off at high speed while there were still refugees clinging to the sides of the ship. The rubber boat capsized throwing dozens of left-behind refugees into the water.

The incident happened at over fifty miles away from Libya at sea. With this action, Libya clearly transgressed the international rules, says Sea-Watch, as it happened outside territorial waters. …

Sea-Watch says 58 refugees have been rescued from the sea. The Libyan Coast Guard is said to have taken 45 people back to Tripoli.

Europe’s Quiet Offensive Against People Helping Refugees. A look back on three years since the end of Operation Mare Nostrum: here.