Berbers can no longer be suppressed in Libya

By Terry Friel

Tripoli:

For decades, they were not just suppressed in Libya, their very existence was denied.

They were tortured, jailed or killed for speaking their language or flying their distinctive flag.

Although the Amazigh people, the traditional Berbers of northern Africa, long predate the seventh century Arab-Islamic arrival in the country, Muammar Qaddafi quashed their culture to create a new narrative of a purely Arab and united nation.

"We were marginalised . . .

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