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'Libyan revolution spoiled by West'
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 15:01:52 GMT
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Compared with the people of Egypt and Tunisia, the Libyans have been stripped the satisfaction of self-accomplishment in their hampered revolution due to western intervention, a political dissident says.

Press TV's Rattansi and Ridley interviewed Libyan political dissident Abu Sohayb to elaborate on the current situation of the people of his country following the revolution and western intervention:

Press TV: What are your impressions on the plight of these people who were fleeing Libya?

Abu Sohayb: I feel sad for them, because the main reasons for the western intervention in Libya should be to help these kinds of people. When I see my people leaving and becoming refugees in Tunisia, I feel very sad for them and their families. I hope that what the West has said about humanitarian aid is practiced.

Press TV:Now of course NATO is militantly against Gaddafi, what are the dangers of western intervention for your struggle?

Abu Sohayb: From my point of view I have mixed feelings about the western intervention in Libya. From one side, no one would like to see western military action in your country. On the other side, when you see your people killed by a tyrant like Gaddafi you have to compromise, and choose the right decision at the right time. If the intervention will help the Libyan people, I think it is alright, but if it doesn't...

Press TV:Past cases show that the western nations usually try to place someone of their approval in charge, as we were talking earlier, they're talking of putting people from Virginia in charge.

Abu Sohayb: If that is the case, there shouldn't be any intervention if they're talking about the Libyan Council, which is a temporary council and will not be there after the revolution is completed.

Press TV:What do you have to say about those critics who say the revolution in Libya is nothing like other revolutions that we've seen in the Arab world, and that this one has been manufactured by the West?

Abu Sohayb: I think that in reality, it is. If you compare it with the revolution in Egypt and Tunisia, the people there feel the joy of the revolution because it is a product of their actions. In the Libyan country, I think this kind of joy is not felt by the people. For myself specifically, if something is accomplished by myself, I'd feel happy. But when someone else is involved with the revolution, other than the Libyan people, I think it is no longer crystal clear, and spoils the revolution.

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