Monday 21 February 2011: Freedom? Unity? - Or just a painted box?
"There is no state with a democracy except Libya on the whole planet."
"There must be a world revolution which puts an end to all materialistic conditions hindering woman from performing her natural role in life and driving her to carry out man's duties in order to be equal in rights."
- Muammar Gaddafi
"Our army will be in Libya, and Muammar Gaddafi will be in it until the last moment ... We will eradicate them [enemies] all"
- Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
I've been close to tears a lot of today, reading about the appalling goings-on in Libya: protestors being massacred with anti-aircraft ammunition; the army and mercenaries predominantly aiming at heads; 4" holes in bodies from the large-calibre weapons; snipers shooting on the crowd of demonstrators lured (?) by Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's speech; the wounded being killed by pro-Gaddafi forces as they arrived at hospitals ...
I'm sickened to my very core.
Photographing this painted box was supposed to represent the unity of people worldwide in the struggles of peoples in the Middle East and North Africa for freedom. It's hard to feel good about it though, as Libyans continue to be massacred.
So maybe it's just a colourful painted box.