Post-Gaddafi Libya is a mix of newfound freedom and political instability. The latest news includes worries of an impending coup d"état after a top general suggested that the way forward for the country was to suspend Parliament.
Still, Libyans celebrated – or at least were free to acknowledge – the third anniversary of their 2011 revolution that overthrew long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi. It was Feb. 17, 2011, when members of the Libyan opposition declared a "day of rage" against the regime, which culminated in Gaddafi's death during the ensuing civil war.
Despite serious security concerns, Libyans seemed to share a guarded optimism about the state of the nation. Here's how it looked on Twitter.
One of the more hopeful posts included a festive photo of decorated streets, and the declaration: "Libya is celebrating its third year of freedom, today everything is under control and accounted for, God is great."
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— Ø¹Ù…Ø± Ø¨Ù† Ø¹Ø¨Ø¯Ø§Ù„Ø¹Ø²ÙŠØ² (@oamaz7) February 17, 2014
A young Libyan woman living in the city of Misrata — where the revolution was born — tweeted a message of thanks to those who had died in the uprising.
— Omaimah_Basheer (@omaimahbt) February 17, 2014
Images of martyrs were also tweeted, accompanied by prayers. One tweet remembers pilot Muhammad Mubarak Al-Aqili.
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— ØªØºØ±ÙŠØ¯Ø§Øª Ù„ÙŠØ¨ÙŠØ§ (@LibyaTopTweets) February 17, 2014
Another similar tweet reads, "#memories of the revolution #that we may not forget the martyr Muhammad Nabus."
— Tawfik Bensaud (@TBensaud) February 17, 2014
Using the same hashtag, a young Libyan woman in the revolutionary town of Benghazi recalled: "#memories of the revolution — making food for the thuwar revolutionaries."
#Ø°ÙƒØ±ÙŠØ§Øª_Ø§Ù„Ø«ÙˆØ±Ø© making food for the thuwar âœŒï¸
— R. (@3doditee) February 16, 2014
Not all tweets were thankful and celebratory, however. ">The same young Libyan woman who tweeted about making food also recalled: "#memories of the revolution — when we could walk around Benghazi alone and still feel safe!"
Twitter debates also ensued over whether a revolution actually happened, and whether it has been successful.
— Areej Ø£Ø±ÙŠØ¬ ↑ (@3alaDil3owna) February 17, 2014
Still, the tone on the ground seemed to be one of guarded optimism. One tweet featured an image of a Libyan man carrying a poster, reading, "In spite of the shortcomings, I will celebrate the February 17th anniversary."
— R. (@3doditee) February 17, 2014