[dropcap3]1[/dropcap3]Morale in Tripoli took a slight knock as Gaddafi staged a mass rally in the centre of Tripoli. Initially there were numerous reports that there was various video editing involved in order to create the illusion of a larger crowd. Members of the Free Generation Movement were present at the event and can clarify that there was no video editing involved and that the crowd was indeed large.
Similarly, international media was present and felt there was no conflict between their images and that of State TV. Cameras were placed at an angle that would present the crowd in a favourable light, but no comprehensive editing was involved.
There are verified reports from Free Generation members of multiple buses bringing people in from outside of Tripoli. Whilst this is a verified report, other rumours regarding the source of the crowd cannot be verified by us.
The crowd was estimated to be around 10,000 strong.
Whilst admittedly this was a large, pre-planned, and well orchestrated event, it still represents less than one percent of the Tripoli population, if indeed the participants were from Tripoli.
Similarly, Gaddafi’s continued reluctance to address “his people” in public and resort to audio from hidden locations is further indication that he is feeling the ever increasing pressure upon his already defunct regime.
[dropcap3]2[/dropcap3]Verified reports from an FGMovement member indicate that Khaled Alkhweldi was shot in the leg in Bir Ghanem.
[dropcap3]3[/dropcap3]Security men have stripped photos and portraits of gaddafi in central Tripoli in light of PROJECT BURN. The Free Generation Movement will continue to make its presence felt in the capital
[dropcap3]4[/dropcap3]FGMovement engaged in one of its largest leaflet distributions around Tripoli on the day commemorating the Abusleem Massacre perpetrated by Gaddafi and his regime.
[dropcap3]5[/dropcap3]State TV is calling on those who engage in what can only be described as peaceful acts of protest, to be caught and killed, including members of FGMovement. This is a clear violation of human rights and international law. This is a clear indication of threatening behaviour towards civilians in Tripoli. We call upon Nilesat to take action and for NATO to continue to protect civilians by shutting down, through any means, this mouthpiece of the regime.
[dropcap3]6[/dropcap3]There continues to be worsening fuel shortages in the city with many stations now closing down.
[dropcap3]7[/dropcap3]Food shortage is still not critical with the Tunisia border still patent. However imported goods are in very short supply and shops stock mainly domestic products. Inflation is still at incredible levels.
There is anticipation of the impeding approach of our fighters in the western mountains and the subsequent widescale involvement of Zawiyah in the conflict. Groups in Tripoli, such as groups in Soug al Jomaa we are in touch with, are preparing for an escalation in activity in Tripoli to compliment the activity of our heroes from the mountains.
[dropcap3]9[/dropcap3]NATO activity in Tripoli has significantly reduced but FGM verified reports of raids on Bab Alazaziya on Friday 1st July before and after sunset. NATO jets are circuling low over head as we speak – 21:00 local time
[dropcap3]10[/dropcap3]Security forces in Tripoli continue to utilise civilian cars in the capital. Checkpoints are now being manned, in large part, by security who are not from Tripoli, as indicated through the well recognised accents and dialects.
[dropcap3]11[/dropcap3]The Free Generation Movement continues to call on support from outside Tripoli, both morally and in terms of supply and funding. Tripoli gains inspiration from the words and the actions of our brothers and sisters all over the world and all over Libya, in the towns and cities which have broken the shackle of Gaddafis regime. In response to Gaddafi’s rally yesterday, we would love to counter these images with rallies of our own all over the country and all over the world.
Further updates as they come in….