Touring Libyan Blogs: October 26 -The Black Day and the Security Council

The Eid and its aftermath are over and the Libyan blogs are picking up speed again.

Several bloggers brought up the “Day of Mourning” or ‘black day’ as we call it in Libya. October 26 commemorates the day when a large number of Libyans were collectively deported to Italian islands to punish them for fighting for their freedom against colonialist forces.

Gheriani reminds us that “Grazziani, the Italian well-known General of the time, said that he had only three options for Libyans not accepting Rome’s supremacy, and these are; the gallows, the concentration camps or the boat for the islands. Thousands were deported and most of them perished away from home in a hostile land, the remainders who came back bore scars of sufferance for the rest of their lives.[sic]”

Happymoi notes a message she received from the US Embassy in Libya stating that ” In commemoration of the Libyan Day of Mourning, the Goverment of Libya has decreed that on Friday, October 26, internet and international phone calls will be cut off nationwide form 6am to 6pm. All Libyan Airline flights are cancelled,although other international airline travel may be permitted. International and national ground and marine travel operated by Goverment of Libya-owned companies are also cancelled”.

Tarek Siala posted the LTT annoucement in this regard:”Dear Clients,
As on 26 of October of each year a day of grief for the Libyans […]
we inform you that the Internet service will be suspended on Friday, 26 October, starting from 6:00am until 06:00pm. ”

Khadijateri further explains that if “it's a school day the children are asked to wear black. Usually the Libyan television channel is switched from colour to black and white.”

On the other hand we must thank Anglo Libyan for letting us know about the good news that Ghazi has been nominated for the best of blogs award.

I will leave the concluding remark to Benghazi Citizen who was one of the few who noticed that Libya has won a seat at the UN Security Council recently. He says “times change, and the enemies of yesterday are the (Council Buddies) today.”

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