Only recently there were reports of Syrian Hospital turning into torture chambers. And now this video has emerged. In this video, black African migrants are treated like apes by the rebels. They are being forced to eat Muammar Gaddafi’s flag.
In the video a group of men are seen encaged and sitting on dirt with their hands tied behind them. Some even have their feet tied. And all of them have one thing common, they have a green flag in their mouth. The flag is that of Muammar Gaddafi and it not being used to gag these black migrants. Instead, they are being made to eat the flag forcibly. A man off-camera demands that the men eat these all-green Libyan flags which were used under Gaddafi’s rule. “Eat the flag, you dog. Patience you dog, patience,” he says.
Post Gaddafi’s assassination, the rebel fighters began, “an immediate hunt” for his former loyalists. African migrants in particular were targeted on suspicion of being Gaddafi mercenaries.
“Racism and the belief that [Gaddafi] heavily recruited sub-Saharan mercenaries during the war have made dark-skinned Libyans and black Africans a recurring target of theft, and abuse by armed brigades, according to rights groups.”
Thousands of African migrant workers have been detained illegally. According to the BBC evidence, some of the former rebels “engaged in a violent campaign of abuse and intimidation against the black immigrant community in Tripoli” immediately following Gaddafi's death.
Last month, Amnesty International released a statement condemning “widespread abuses” by armed Libyan militias enjoying blanket impunity.
What is saddening is, that these rebels got freed from the hands of a tyrant. They opposed tyranny and finally got freedom. But how are they any different from the tyrant that they themselves condemned? Just because they have the power to, is it right to torture people like how the former tyrant did? As the proverb goes, ‘With great power, comes great responsibilities.’ It is pertinent that these rebels respect that.