Expert: Demonstrations in Libya may split country
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 22 /Trend A. Tagiyeva /
Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi will not be able to control the situation and prevent the country from splitting, UK analyst of Arab origin Ghassan Atiyah said.
"The situation in Libya is very serious. The country is on the verge of a split," he told Trend over the phone from London.
Protest actions in the Libyan provinces demanding Gaddafi's resignation and all senior officials have been continuing since Feb. 15. The country's authorities suppressed the demonstration.
During the suppression of mass demonstrations in the Libyan city of Benghazi, 500 people were killed, while more than 1,000 people were injured. Officially, authorities confirm the deaths of only 84 people.
The impetus for the demonstrations in Libya was the development in the neighboring Arab countries. Demonstrations and rallies led to a power change in Egypt and Tunisia.
He said that if the U.N. and the Arab League interfere, Gaddafi will be able to hold power for a certain period.
On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Libyan authorities to stop the "massacre" that is a result of the actions against participants of anti-governmental demonstrations. Clinton said that the United States joins the international community, strongly condemning the violence in Libya.
Atiyah said that continued demonstrations in Libya could lead to a military takeover in Benghazi and several other cities. There is a threat of Berber uprising demanding independence in the southwest of the country.
"Further continuation of the demonstrations in the country will lead to a split in Libya. Al‑Gaddafi united the people under its leadership at that time. He controlled the situation in the country for many years. In case of his resignation, the country will be covered by the chaos," he said.