On October 20, 2011, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was dragged from a drain pipe, tortured and killed.
Libya’s self-proclaimed “Brother Leader”, the one-time revolutionary who overthrew a king and promised a country governed by the people, met his end at the hands of a new generation of revolutionaries – Libyans seeking an end to Gaddafi’s often brutal 42-year rule.
But as the so-called “Arab Spring” uprisings deposed leaders to the east and west of Libya in Egypt and Tunisia, was the fall of Gaddafi inevitable? Was it always destined to be so bloody?
And was it simply the unleashed rage of a beleaguered population or were external factors – and external powers – involved in the violence that ripped Libya apart.
“The regime tried to snuff out the protests in a brutal fashion in a way that sparked even more protests,” says journalist Mary Fitzgerland. “So funerals of those who had been killed by the regime triggered even more crowds to come out. People lost their fear.”
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