, 8 tweets, 6 min read Read on Twitter
I have stood under a podium on which Gaddafi conducted a news conference where I asked him the first question, at an event just outside of Tripoli in 1996. Tell me, did you meet or report on Gaddafi?
In 1996, I was a Reuters correspondent in #Cairo. I went to #Libya to cover the 27th anniversary of the “Green Revolution.”I don’t have access to the Reuters articles I wrote from #Libya but here are some opeds I’ve written about Gaddafi the dictator and the hypocrisy of the West
#Gaddafi’s quirks should never have distracted from his abysmal human rights record. Arbitrary arrests, a muzzled press, a ban on political parties and the squandering of #Libya's oil wealth have never been laughing matters for Libyans. washingtonpost.com/archive/opinio…
Even under #Gaddafi rule, migrants. asylum seekers & refugees were subjected to abuses, including beatings, arbitrary arrests, & forced returns.Western leaders like Sarkozy were happy to do business with him. They didn’t care about Libyan or migrant rights nytimes.com/2007/12/14/opi…
AK-47 wielding female bodyguards were never a reason to believe #Gaddafi was some kind of feminist or saviour of women. His AK-47 wielding male bodyguard sexually assaulted me during a news conference with Gaddafi in #Libya in1996 theglobeandmail.com/amp/opinion/ga…
During that 1996 visit to #Libya to mark the Green Revolution, I got into trouble with Libyan regime minders because I tried to leave the hotel to report on the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan who was due to receive a hunan rights award from #Gaddafi m.huffpost.com/us/entry/273297
At a news conference a couple of days later, one of #Gaddafi’s male guards and I got into a pushing match which he tried to end by twisting my nipple.

After the news conference, an #Algerian journalist told me he heard the minders say “just shoot her.” #Libya Outraged, I appealed to the “Brother Colonel” as we call Gaddafi in Egypt. He stopped in mid-sentence, we made eye contact for three or four seconds and then he continued as if nothing was happening. After the news conference, an Algerian journalist told me he heard the minders say “just shoot her.”
In my opeds on #Libya, I condemn #Gaddafi’s authoritarianism & hypocrisy of western leaders who were all too happy to call him “mad dog” one minute & do deals with him another. I do not side w/dictators bec they claim to be “anti-imperial” while they massacre & brutalize at home.
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Mona Eltahawy
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!