7:15 am in Uncategorized by Cardigan
Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road Trip across North Africa to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves. Steve and his team are traveling some 2,000 miles from Tunisia’s ancient city of Carthage, across the deserts of Libya and on to Egypt’s megacity of Cairo. In the Libyan towns of Benghazi and Derna, he talks to Islamists about their desire to see a new Libya ruled by Shariah law.
The other day in Benghazi, Libya, we found our vehicle surrounded by truckloads of men with machine guns.
They were waving black flags, which are associated here with radical Islam, and they were shouting “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great.”
At the time, we were driving to see a protest — but it seemed the protest had found us.
These gunmen were the protesters, so we continued on, surrounded by scores of honking pickup trucks with anti-aircraft guns welded to the beds.
The rebel fighters from Libya’s revolution had brought their weapons along while demanding that their country impose Shariah, or Islamic law.
The protesters came from several cities in eastern Libya.
Some drove 180 miles from Derna, a Libyan city known for producing radicals.
When several trucks pulled over, we did, too, and chatted with a gunman. He told us he was marching to demand Shariah and “to kill the infidels.”