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Slave Auction in Libya, After Outrage, Protests Begin.

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This morning on Europe 1 there was the harrowing testimony of a 17 year old man, Arnaud,  from Cameron who had escaped from slavery in Libya.

“Chaque jour, il y a des tortures, des bastonnades, des électrocutions et des travaux forcés”

Every day there were tortures, beating, electrocutions  and forced labour.

“”Tu deviens un objet. Ce qu’on nous a appris à l’école sur la traite négrière, tu comprends que c’est revenu”,

You become an object. What you learnt at school about the African slave trade, you can see that it’s come back. 

Arnaud, now a refugee in France added,

“En Libye, le mouton vaut plus que l’homme noir.”

In Libya a sheep is worth more than a Black Man.

In France there has been a strong moblisation against Slavery in Libya.

Manifestation contre l’esclavage, à Nouakchott, en Mauritanie, le 29 avril 2015.

Paris, des milliers de personnes ont manifesté samedi à l’appel du Collectif contre l’esclavage et les camps de concentration en Libye (CECCL).  (Le Monde. 23.11.17).

Rwanda has announced that it is willing to take 30,000 victims of the slave markets, (Jeune Afrique,Marché aux esclaves en Libye : le Rwanda prêt à accueillir 30 000 migrants africains“).

Background:

Video Of Migrants Sold In Apparent Slave Auction In Libya Provokes Outrage Worldwide

“I am horrified,” the UN secretary-general said.

After a video surfaced showing migrants apparently being sold at auction in Libya, people worldwide have been calling for action.

Last week, CNN published a report on modern slavery in Libya, featuring a video that reportedly was shot in August and appeared to show a man selling African migrants for farm work.

“Big strong boys,” the man said in the video, according to a CNN narrator. “400 … 700 … 800,” he called out the mounting prices. The men were eventually sold for about $400 each, CNN reported. The Libyan government said it has launched an investigation into slave auctions in the country.

Following the CNN report, demonstrators took to the streets in Paris and other cities last week to express their outrage, and Libyans showed their solidarity on Twitter with the hashtag #LibyansAgainstSlavery.

Solidarity!

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Written by Andrew Coates

November 24, 2017 at 1:10 pm

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  1. See also

    https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/protests-against-libyan-slave-markets/

    Somewhat hypocritical of Macron to now denounce the slave trade atrocities, for which his predecessor Sarkozy prepared the ground with his 2011 ‘humanitarian’ NATO war. And meanwhile, Macron’s police tear gasses anti-slavery demonstrators.

    petrel41

    November 24, 2017 at 2:04 pm

  2. Indeed.

    I am glad to see that you’ve written about it.

    Andrew Coates

    November 24, 2017 at 5:26 pm

  3. I believe slavery still exists in Mali, Niger and Chad. In various forms such as indentured labour it never went away in those countries, not that we hear anything of that from the loony left and various black militants who are forever blaming the west for the institution when it fact it was abolished by Parliament that abolition enforced by the Royal Navy.

    Dave Roberts

    November 24, 2017 at 10:06 pm

  4. petrel41

    November 25, 2017 at 9:22 pm

  5. Many more videos of protests in Belgium, France, various African countries:

    https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/slavery-in-libya-more-protests/

    petrel41

    November 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm


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