The following are heroes of the revolution in no particular order. This page is placed here for no particular reason, Links to people on this page are being used in this website so I needed a placeholder somewhere.
This page is a mess but I’ll get back to it eventually. Links on this page are likely broken but I’ll get to them as well.
Most of the heroes listed here are from Libya. The reason: Libya is what inspired me to finally get around to developing this website.
I had planned on starting this site during the Iranian Green Revolution, but never got around to it. My apologies to the Iranian people. I have not forgotten you. Remember Neda!
- Tunisia: The Tunisian people have been incredible. If all people acted like they are acting today, war itself would be a distant memory.
- Mohamed Bouazizi: Mohamed set himself on fire January 4, 2011, in the center of the dusty town of Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. This led to the revolution in Tunisia that toppled President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and led to what is now being called, “the Arab Spring.”
- The success in Tunisia has caused a huge swath of Muslim people to rise up against their own governments. Egypt is now free and all eyes are now on Libya, Yemen, Oman, Syria, and Bahrain, to mention just a few. Only time will tell which way the wind blows.
- Mehdi Mohammed Zeyo (/Mahdi Ziu): Benghazi, Feb. 20, 2011, loaded his Kia with propane and drove it into the Katiba, the main fortress in Benghazi. His self sacrifice blew a hole in the outer wall and allowed rebel forces to overtake Gaddafi loyalists in the compound within hours. It proved to be the turning point in the battle for Benghazi. Gaddafi forces were holed up in and around the base and used their guns to mow down protesters. Rebel forces had tried for days to storm the compound without any luck. Each day they tried, the deaths that occurred doubled or tripled.Mehdi joined the protests in Benghazi as soon as they happened and could stand the bloodshed no longer. He was a 49 year old overweight diabetic bespectacled man who worked as a mid manager, at the state oil company. He was the father of two girls who are proud of their father. Ziu’s wife, Samira, has no son to carry his name but is reported to have said, “Such are the blessings of God that his name is now written in the history of this city.”
- Mohammed Nabbous: 27 February 1983 – 19 March 2011, Benghazi. Founder of Libya Alhurra TV, the first private television station established in Benghazi, Mohammed was instrumental in telling the world of the protests in Benghazi. Mohammed was killed in Benghazi by forces loyal to Gaddafi while reporting on a cease-fire made by the Gaddafi regime. He was allegedly shot in the head soon after exposing the regime’s false reports related to the cease-fire. He was using a mobile phone to record the violence when the audio cut off.
- Khalid Alghirani: April 20, 2012, Zintan. Khalid was the only English speaker in Zintan, and in the early stages of the Libyan war his twitter feed informed the world what was happening. As he lay dying he continued to tweet till the end. May he rest in peace.In the evening of Tuesday, 19 April, Khalid dictated a tweet to his followers: “This could be my final tweet. I am using satellite net from Zintan Hospital. Was injured in battle and there is very little medicine.”In the end Khalid succumbed to his injuries, and died on Wednesday, 20 April, of a collapsed lung at Zintan Hospital. He leaves behind a wife and a son. His haunting final tweet will remain a battle cry for the noble Libyan democratic fighters who remain.“We will not give up nor give in, its not about life anymore, its about human dignity and rights.”– Khalid Alghirani.
- Iman al-Obeidi: March 26, 2011, Tobruk. Iman is a postgraduate law student who spoke out about her ordeal of being kidnapped and raped by Gaddafi’s soldiers. On March 26, 2011, she burst into the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, and told her story to the reporters staying there. She attracted world-wide attention for her bravery when loyalists wrested her away to shut her up.Very few women in the Muslim world dare speak of rape because they will be dishonored, disowned, or worse. Fewer still would dare do this in Gaddafi’s Libya. In spite of Gaddafi offering her money, a house, and anything she wanted, she has not remained silent. She has endured arrest, beatings, harassment, and all kinds of torture since the event, but has not gone away quietly. Her lack of silence is a testament to her bravery while at the same time it is a harrowing reminder that only her bravery is what kept her alive.
- Aung San Suu Kyi: Suu Kyi has arguably been one of the most respected political prisoners since Gandhi, and the inspiration to millions. Anyone interested in sacrifice should read more about this woman.She received the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, and the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding In 1992. Additionally she has been awarded honors in India, Venezuela, Canada, and the list keeps growing.From July 20, 1989, until her release on November 13, 2010, she was arrested and rearrested, and kept under house arrest for almost 15 years.
Whistleblowers who bring our attention to corruption and injustice have been condemned and denigrated whereas in fact many of them are true heroes. Without whistleblowers the world would be a naïve place indeed, due to the propaganda we are continuously fed. Those who search for the truth would find their job much harder without them.
While the Tunisian revolution started with Mohamed Bouazizi, high food prices, unemployment, and inflation, Wiki Leak’s exposure of the corruption of the Tunisian rulers and cronies, may have been the catalyst to galvanize the masses needed to overpower the ruling family. Whistleblowers continue to expose the corruption of all governments, and the hypocrisy of the secret deals they have made with each another. They have a major role to play in the downfall of many corrupt governments.
As long as whistleblowers support a noble cause, we support them, we embrace them; even those who say things we don’t want to hear.
- France fired the first strike in the campaign for Libya. It was France’s initial bombardment of Gaddafi forces, south of Benghazi that saved the Libyan movement in the 11th hour. France also was the first to recognize the Libyan opposition and to send a diplomatic envoy to the newly saved, first liberated, rebel-held city of Benghazi.
- Sunday July 3, 2011, Qatar has done more for the freedom fighter movement in Libya then almost any other country. They were one of the first to recognize the National Transitional Council (NTC) and have since supplied all sorts of aid. Refugee camps in Tunisia run by Qatar are second to none, while most UN camps are nothing but squalor. Even though the UN’s heart is in the right place, their ineptness when compared to Qatar, is showing the world how not to run a refugee camp. And they’ve had years of experience. The UN could learn a lot from Qatar.Qatar brokers the sale of all fuel that has been sold by the Libyan NTC movement which has given them access to the hard cash so desperately needed. Just this week Qatar has given $100 million more to the freedom fighter cause, while the rest of the world delivers promises.The list from Qatar keeps growing.
Written by Scott M. Eaton
Created on … May 05, 2011