Photo credit: "Libya Alhurra (free Libya) Livestream"
(Source: "Libya Alhurra (free Libya) Livestream" as posted on their Facebook page)
There is hope yet for new Libya; Libyans in Banghazi took to the streets today in demonstrations against the extremist militias in their city. The demonstrators are reported to have stormed the headquarters of the "Ansar Alshriaa" extremist armed group, which was accused of having a hand in the attack on the US consulate.
While there were no American flags in the published photos of the demonstration, I was comforted to see a demonstrator holding a sign saying "R.I.P Chris Stevens". This is the closest to a pro-American demonstration one can expect in the current political environment in the middle east.
Democracy has to start somewhere; these Libyans are a living proof that despite the middle east's boogieman, the extremist Islamists, it is worth it to still pursue democracy and allow people a true voice. The Banghazi citizens are exercising their newfound freedom of speech to protest against those who endanger their security and kill their friends who helped them attain that freedom, the Americans.
This is a small step, but a very important one, and should encourage more in the west to follow in the footsteps of ambassador Stevens, and engage the Libyans and not leave them at the mercy of the extremists.