Monday, February 21, 2011

Libya Calling

Hi readers! This is a post written by Palais Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Flor Nachtigal.

Libya Calling

by Flor Nachtigal.

Did you ever think Second life isolated you from the real world? Today the real world came calling. I had a message through one of my groups that a demonstration against air attacks on demostrators in Libya was going on in in the sim of the United Nations, at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Clearwater%20Beach/151/101/25
Accepting the teleport, I landed in a crowd of well over 20 who had spontaneously gathered as soon as the news of the attacks broke.
The chat was full of sloagans in English and Arabic, interspersed with breaking news - here is a quick excerpt.

[11:28] Hatim Back: Yesterday We WERE all Tunisians and Egyptians, Today we are all Libyan, Tomorrow we will be All Free
[11:28] Maua Bisiani: FREEDOM AND PEACE FOR LIBYAN PEOPLE
[11:29] Hatim Back: STOP THE BLOOD SHED & MASSACRE IN LIBYA THESE ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
[11:29] Hatim Back: STOP THE BLOOD SHED & MASSACRE IN LIBYA THESE ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
[11:29] Hatim Back: STOP THE BLOOD SHED & MASSACRE IN LIBYA THESE ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
[11:29] rozee: ﺔﻤﻴﻬﺑ ﺶﻣ ﻰﺒﻴﻠﻟﺍ ﺐﻌﺸﻟﺍ ،ﺔﻤﻴﺨﻟﺍ ﻮﺑ ﺎﻳ ﻝﻮﺒﻬﻣ ﺎﻳ :D
[11:29] Hatim Back: STOP THE BLOOD SHED & MASSACRE IN LIBYA THESE ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
[11:29] lord Ruben: ﺺﻴﺧﺭ ﺶﻣ ﻲﺒﻴﻠﻟﺍ ﺐﻌﺸﻟﺍ ﺲﻴﺴﺧ ﺎﻳ ﻲﻓﺍﺬﻗ ﺎﻳ
According to my first contact, Plot Tracer, there were several activist groups present, including SLLU, SL Marxists, 4 Bridges, but also arts groups such as Art Gallery Diabolus. The organizers were putting out the word through as many groups as they possibly could trying to bring people to show a presence and to let the world know they are watching. The demonstrators came from the entire political spectrum, left right and in between, their main aim was to see Colonel Ghaddafi resign and put an end to crimes against humanity in Libya. According to one of the organizers, Hatim Back, the demonstration was held in a United Nations sim to get the United Nations to intervene to stop the bloodshed.

According to Plot Tracer, more news about ongoing and planned events will be available from http://www.slleftunity.com.

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