Tripoli, 17 February 2022 (TDI): This week marks the 11th anniversary of the Libyan revolution against Muammar Qaddafi. Muammar Qaddafi ruled Libya for almost four decades.

The Embassy of Canada in Libya took to its official Twitter account to remember the day with the people of Libya and expressed wishes that the Libyan people witness stability, unity and reconciliation through peaceful political discourse and a democratic process.

On this day the people of Libya changed the fate of the state by showing resistance to the 42 years old regime. In early 2011, a wave of popular protests erupted throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Demonstrations against regimes brought quick power transfer in states like Egypt and Tunisia. However, in the case of Libya, the protests led to a civil war and international military involvement.

Muammar Qaddafi, a 27-years Libyan Army captain, led a successful coup against the government of King Idris I of Libya. Muammar Qaddafi became the sole power of the new governmental setup.

Qaddafi financed a large number of militant groups all across the world. During the 1980s, the West blamed him for his involvement in various terrorist attacks in Europe.

Later on, in April 1986 US attacked Tripoli in response to a terrorist bombing of West German Dance Hall. His infant was killed in the US retaliation attack and he himself was reportedly injured.

In February 2011, unrest started all across the Middle East, including Libya. Massive protests against Qaddafi converted soon into a civil war. In March 2011, the international coalition began airstrikes against Qaddafi under the UN Security Council Resolution.

The rebels’ fighter killed Qaddafi on October 20, 2011, in his hometown, Sirte. Today on Thursday in this tense atmosphere of political unrest in the country Libyans are celebrating the 11th Anniversary.

They are celebrating the anniversary of the revolt triggered at the height of the Arab Spring. Tripoli’s main avenues are decorated in red, black, and green, the colors of the national flag adopted after the fall of the old regime.

In addition to concerts, revolutionary songs, and fireworks celebrations are also planned for Friday in Martyrs’ Square in the heart of Tripoli, where Gaddafi gave his speeches before he was ousted by the revolt unleashed on February 17, 2011.

The Embassy of Pakistan in Libya also extended its sincere felicitations to the Libyan people on the auspicious day of the February 17 revolution. Along with warm wishes for all those people who offered blessed souls until this day is achieved.