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21 Mar

The Quiet In Tripoli, Ctd

There are no mass demonstrations in the capital, as Libyans seem either to support Qaddafi or to hide. And then there are moments like this:

An old woman, in her late 70s at least, I’m told, entered the bank to collect her 500 Libyan dollars ($410; £253) in state aid announced a couple of weeks ago. There were two long queues – one for men and one for women. She stood in the men’s queue. The men urged her to move to the women’s section. “Why?” she challenged. A man told her: “Ya haja [a term of respect for an elderly woman] this line is for men, women is the other one.” She loudly replied: “No. All the men are in Benghazi.”

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