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The revolution unravels

Don’t pin your hopes on Libya’s pro-democracy rebels. In three weeks with them I saw a fractured movement close to breakdown

By Anthony Loyd   May 2011

I saw a murder one afternoon in central Benghazi. The victim was a tall, heavily built man in his thirties wearing jeans and a grey sweatshirt. Three quick shots rang out to our left, my driver pulled the car in  and there the man lay, one leg still moving as a slick pool of very red blood ran down the tarmac from his head.

The city courts, used as offices by the rebels’ Provisional Transitional National Council since its ascent to power in Benghazi in mid-February, were just five minutes away. For all the judicial authority they had over the…

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