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Libyan bloggers urge loyalty to the homeland

The Libyan blogosphere blames tribal divisions for the persistent violence.

On his blog “Mellakheer“, writer Ramez Enwesri stresses that the real challenge for the establishment of the Libyan state is to build the Libyan mind and pull it out from the sphere of the tribe to that of the homeland.

Enwesri calls on Libyans to be loyal to the country as a land that unites them all and fuses them in a melting pot, until everyone benefits and builds the state.

He explains that tribalism had a considerable impact on the configuration of the culture and knowledge of the Libyan people.

Conflicts witnessed by Libya over the last three years, the latest being the battle around Tripoli airport, have been dominated by this culture of division, he writes.

This warring between military groups has taken a tribal character, he explains.

“The street believes that what is happening is a tribal conflict between Misrata and Zintan, and that there are alliances supporting each party,” he says.

In another post titled “Dawn, panic, unknown“, he writes that the current skirmishes witnessed by Libyans reflect the fragility of the state and offer a clear picture regarding “the absence of government, which is merely issuing statements”.

He also criticises the “National Congress’ complicity in blessing such moves, granting legitimacy to these armed bodies”.

In the same vein, blogger Hazar Badereddin notes that the country split into cities, parties and tribes because of differences between Libyans and their struggle for power and influence.

“Today, three years after the fall of our rulers, I need unfortunately to tell our honourable martyrs that you died in vain, and to tell you that our revolution today is called the revolution of contradiction,” she comments.

“The officials that were fighting the former regime because of its oppression today kill those who do not support them. The revolutionaries who stood together in one rank are confronting and killing each other today. The country you wanted to create is today being completely destroyed and divided,” she writes.

For blogger Mohamed Abdullah Shebani at Libyanspring, tribalism is a product of the legacy of the Kadhafi regime that deliberately reinforced it within Libyan society.

Libyans have only reaped losses and catastrophes from this tribal social fabric, he adds.

For his part, blogger Mohamed Egmia suggests that the Libyan people turn to justice instead of arms, and apply the law to everyone as a solution to the conflicts.

“Libya is now suffering from security lapses and a blatant infringement by the legislative authority on the prerogatives of the executive and judicial branches, which disrupted the country and pushed it into a dark tunnel,” he writes.

The rule of law and the state are the safe haven of Libyans in order to save their country and their rights, he explains.

“Those who committed all these crimes of bloodshed and waste of public money, financed terrorism and pushed the country toward the abyss should be tried and punished, not rewarded with a re-inauguration and the renewal of their mandates, if we really aspire to establish the state of law and justice,” he writes.

Article by Monia Ghanmi, Magharebia.

This article was originally published here.

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