Libya’s Fight for Freedom and Democracy<br />
Welcome and Thank You!<br />Representative “name”<br />People of “city name”<br />Friends, neighbors and fellow citizens<b...
Objectives<br />Educate the public <br />Explain roots of the uprising<br />Summarize key events<br />Review Libya’s futur...
Partitioned Libya
Same oppressed Libya
Failed state</li></ul>Present the case for free and democratic Libya<br />Seek support from the American public<br />
Libya Facts and Figures<br />Geography:<br /><ul><li>Area: 679,362 sq mi; mostly desert; 1% arable land (hence 75% relianc...
Major cities: Tripoli (capital), Benghazi, Misrata</li></li></ul><li>Libya Facts and Figures<br />Population:<br /><ul><li...
55 trillion cubic feet of natural gas</li></ul>Economy (2009 estimates):<br /><ul><li>GDP/PPP=$96 billion; per capita inco...
No formal constitution
Named Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya by Gaddafi</li></li></ul><li>Brief Historical Timeline<br />1911<br ...
2/17/11: Libya Uprising Begins<br />Peaceful demonstrators<br /><ul><li>Protest arrest of human rights lawyer and activist...
Demand dignity, freedom, social justice
Protest corruption of Gaddafi regime</li></li></ul><li>Why Now?<br /><ul><li>42 years of brutal oppression and isolation
Loss of civil and human rights
Rampant corruption by Gaddafi family and their cronies
Lack of economic opportunities despite wealth
Household income too low to support families
High (30%) unemployment
Success of protests in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt fueled hope for change</li></li></ul><li>Gaddafi’s Reaction to Uprisi...
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24 May 2011 - Presentation on Libya (Libyan Coordinating Group)

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24 May 2011 - Presentation on Libya (Libyan Coordinating Group)

  1. 1. Libya’s Fight for Freedom and Democracy<br />
  2. 2. Welcome and Thank You!<br />Representative “name”<br />People of “city name”<br />Friends, neighbors and fellow citizens<br />Welcome. On behalf of the Libyan American community in “location” – thank you all for coming!<br />
  3. 3. Objectives<br />Educate the public <br />Explain roots of the uprising<br />Summarize key events<br />Review Libya’s future options<br /><ul><li>Free and democratic Libya
  4. 4. Partitioned Libya
  5. 5. Same oppressed Libya
  6. 6. Failed state</li></ul>Present the case for free and democratic Libya<br />Seek support from the American public<br />
  7. 7. Libya Facts and Figures<br />Geography:<br /><ul><li>Area: 679,362 sq mi; mostly desert; 1% arable land (hence 75% reliance on imported foods)
  8. 8. Major cities: Tripoli (capital), Benghazi, Misrata</li></li></ul><li>Libya Facts and Figures<br />Population:<br /><ul><li>6.5 million (2% growth); mostly Sunni Muslim Arabs</li></ul>Petroleum reserves:<br /><ul><li>46.4 billion barrels of oil (largest reserves in Africa; 9th largest worldwide)
  9. 9. 55 trillion cubic feet of natural gas</li></ul>Economy (2009 estimates):<br /><ul><li>GDP/PPP=$96 billion; per capita income=$15,200; average monthly household income=$400; unemployment=30%</li></li></ul><li>Libya Facts and Figures<br />Government<br /><ul><li>Dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi since 1969
  10. 10. No formal constitution
  11. 11. Named Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya by Gaddafi</li></li></ul><li>Brief Historical Timeline<br />1911<br />1943<br />1951<br />1958<br />1969<br />1976<br />2011<br />King overthrown<br />Free Libya<br />UN vote: Libyan Independence<br />Gadhafi’s Green Book<br />Italian <br />occupation<br />WW II Allies takes Libya from Italy<br />Libyan independence (United Kingdom of Libya)<br />Oil <br />production <br />begins<br />Gaddafi overthrows<br />monarchy<br />Gadhafi<br />publishes<br />his green book <br />Libya uprising begins<br />US Companies<br />Operate in Libya<br />Organized Libyan Resistance<br />
  12. 12. 2/17/11: Libya Uprising Begins<br />Peaceful demonstrators<br /><ul><li>Protest arrest of human rights lawyer and activist FathiTerbil
  13. 13. Demand dignity, freedom, social justice
  14. 14. Protest corruption of Gaddafi regime</li></li></ul><li>Why Now?<br /><ul><li>42 years of brutal oppression and isolation
  15. 15. Loss of civil and human rights
  16. 16. Rampant corruption by Gaddafi family and their cronies
  17. 17. Lack of economic opportunities despite wealth
  18. 18. Household income too low to support families
  19. 19. High (30%) unemployment
  20. 20. Success of protests in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt fueled hope for change</li></li></ul><li>Gaddafi’s Reaction to Uprising<br /><ul><li>Use of deadly force to quell protests
  21. 21. Massive arrests
  22. 22. Threats of civil war
  23. 23. Siege of civilian population centers
  24. 24. Use of rape, land and sea mines, and indiscriminate shelling</li></li></ul><li>Faces of the Uprising <br />Ordinary citizens fighting for rights many in the west take for granted:<br /><ul><li>Freedom
  25. 25. Democracy
  26. 26. Rule of Law</li></ul>People willing to risk their lives for the chance to:<br /><ul><li>Feel safe and dignified in their country
  27. 27. Gain access to decent education and healthcare
  28. 28. Enjoy economic and social opportunities
  29. 29. Have functional infrastructure
  30. 30. Envision a future for themselves and their children</li></li></ul><li>Faces of the Uprising<br /><ul><li>Men and women of all ages
  31. 31. Businessmen and schoolteachers
  32. 32. Doctors and factory workers
  33. 33. Artists and intellectuals
  34. 34. Libyans at home and in exile
  35. 35. Military and police officers
  36. 36. The affluent and the unemployed</li></li></ul><li>Thank You!<br />The opposition in Libya and abroad thanks the United States and NATO for <br /><ul><li>enforcing a no fly zone over Libya
  37. 37. ending Gaddafi’s attacks in Eastern Libya, Misurata and JabalNefusa
  38. 38. freezing assets of the Gaddafi regime
  39. 39. providing humanitarian aid to the opposition and to Libyan refugees
  40. 40. Demanding an end to Gaddafi’s regime</li></li></ul><li>Why Continue to Support the Uprising?<br /><ul><li>To defend economic and strategic interests of the US, European allies, and trade partners
  41. 41. To win hearts and minds of Arabs and Muslims worldwide
  42. 42. To promote freedom and democracy as best path to stability in North Africa and the Middle East
  43. 43. To send clear message to dictatorships worldwide</li></li></ul><li>Without Your Continued Support<br /><ul><li>Potential for lasting civil war which could impact the world economy
  44. 44. Potential rise of state-sponsored terrorism as act of revenge
  45. 45. Potential destabilization of new democracies in Tunisia and Egypt
  46. 46. Libya will become a model for suppression of democracy, violation of human rights, and defiance of international law
  47. 47. Libyans will continue to suffer under Gaddafi’s brutality</li></li></ul><li>Without Your Continued Support<br />Threat of refugee crisis and mass immigration to Europe from Africa<br />
  48. 48. What Do Libyans Want?<br />Government by, from and for the people<br />Civil state with constitution that guarantees:<br /><ul><li>Rights to free speech and assembly
  49. 49. Rights to vote and run for public office
  50. 50. Rule of law</li></ul>State which upholds international law and human rights<br />State which denounces terrorism, racism, and oppression<br />
  51. 51. The Opposition Leadership:Transitional National Council (TNC)<br />Founded in Benghazi on 2/27/2011<br />Headed by Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, a former justice minister and human rights advocate<br />Includes:<br /><ul><li>former ministers, diplomats and high-ranking military officers
  52. 52. Judges, lawyers and human rights activists
  53. 53. University professors and other professionals
  54. 54. Activists and community organizers</li></li></ul><li>Goals of Libya’s TNC<br /><ul><li>End Gaddafi’s brutal oppression
  55. 55. Maintain law and order during transition
  56. 56. Preserve Libya’s national unity
  57. 57. Draft a constitution
  58. 58. Serve as official, unifying voice for Free Libya
  59. 59. Pave the way for democratic elections</li></li></ul><li>With Your Support<br />A free and democratic Libya is in our future<br />Thank you.<br />

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