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Gaddafi: "Amazigh no longer exist"

By Ennaharonline,
Date : 2010-06-28 09:01:00

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said that the Amazigh (Berbers) were "ancient tribes who lived in North Africa and that they no longer exist," the Libyan agency Jana reported Wednesday.

The Amazigh tribes "have disappeared and no longer exist," said the Libyan leader, saying the origin of the Amazigh was Arab, during a meeting with a delegation of journalists and intellectuals.

    He also believed it was "pointless to try (to use) the language of these tribes which have disappeared," criticizing the use of that language in "some radios," in allusion to the Moroccan media.

    "Whoever wants to use it at home is free but this must end," he said describing the people's demands for recognition of Amazigh identity and language of "propaganda of the colonizer and its agents as the (world) Congress of Amazigh.

In Libya, Amazigh, "free men" in Berber, represent 10% of the population live and particularly on the heights of mountains west of Tripoli, where, as the Tuareg in the desert south of the country.
They demand recognition of their cultural and linguistic identity and denounce their marginalization since the advent of the Libyan Revolution in 1969 and the accession to power of Colonel Gaddafi who wanted to develop a policy based on pan-Arabism.

In 2007, he again denied any existence of an Amazigh minority in Libya, and threatened to "eradicate those who want to spread the poison of colonialism.
But his son, Seif al-Islam, has been a champion of the Amazigh cause through the Qaddafi Foundation he chairs.
The association had received in 2006 the removal of a measure of 1970 prohibiting Amazigh names, after denouncing "an aggression which can not pass over in silence."

The Amazigh people, estimated at 26 million people, are an ethnic group indigenous of North Africa. It is spread over nearly five million square kilometers from Morocco to the west of Egypt in different cultural groups but share a common language (Berber or Tamazight).

Ennaharonline/ M. O.

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Gaddafi the African turned Arab Again  
Dr. Hussein Ben Kirat
Gaddafi\'s gaff, frankness? or forwardness? however, is difficult to gage. I always thought that he belonged to Touareg Amazigh tribes, but perhaps they are too good for him, and whenever I heard him speak and listened to him on TV with my Arab friends we needed to listen to the translator\'s interpretation, though the content was always hollow and perhaps it was lost in translation so we blamed the translator for it. His articulation was far removed from any Arabic spoken in any part of the Arab kingdom of Ibn Saud. Moroccans are 85% Amazigh as are most Algerians; Mauritanians are Moors and speak Hassani kind of Arabic and Amazigh, Pulaar, Soninke, Wolof and Bambara; Egypt is Copt and Pharaoh, Lebanon Phoenician and Syria is Assyrian or Aramaic etc. In short, I thought Gaddafi was African and spoke the vernacular Chad Arabic and other dialects of Chad and Mali, and is he not the champion of Africans?
Oxford, Dr Hussein Ben Kirat
Par: Dr Hussein Ben Kirat

Qadaffi the Arab Imperialist  
Qadaffi, regardless of his genetic background, is an ARAB IMPERIALIST, so it should come as no surprise that he projects his own imperialist-colonialist-racist aspirations upon the indigenous Amazigh people of Tamazgha. Qadaffi desires to Arabize (and Islamize) Africa entirely, not just Tamazgha, as he has said on numerous occasions.  
Par: Philip_Daniel

Cada 1.  

Qadaffi is Amazigh.
Par: Razieh

@Cada 1 ...Oops!  
Sorry and no gimics. Please keep him in the trash bag of arabo-islamism ideology. So long!  
Par: Aksil

Game Over  
I believe colonel Gadaffi is no longer among us, so would it make the recognition of the Amazigh cause, the Amazigh identity in Libya more certain in a plausible way?  
Par: Adil Youhat

There\'s a difference beweetn the pure sound of a musical piece and the sound of a poem. With music, we have the instruments creating the effect or m  
There\'s a difference beweetn the pure sound of a musical piece and the sound of a poem. With music, we have the instruments creating the effect or mood of the piece. We can appreciate vocals in a language we don\'t understand, because there is so much feeling in the sound of the instruments including the voice. In fact, I prefer instrumental music because I am freer to apply my own interpretations to my experience of it.In a poem, all we have is the language of it. The reader is responsible for creating the sound. If the words don\'t add up to something I can understand there is nothing there for me.Oh sure, one can appreciate alliteration, rhyme, meter etc. That can be fun for the ear and the tongue, but by the bottom of the page I want a new way to think about something.  
Par: Amy

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