Tag Archives | Berber

Taureg Demand Language Recognition

The Tuareg Social Council has demanded that Libya's Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA) should include the Berber language as one of the country's official languages. Called Tarigia by the Tuareg themselves, it is related to Tamazight, the language of the Amazigh, and in Libya uses the same script, according to Libya Herald. The Council, meeting in Bayda [Beida], also […]

Video: Amizagh Look to Regain Language

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. A minority group in Libya, known as the Amizagh, was banned from practising its culture under former leader Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi outlawed the Amazigh people's flag, any celebration of their culture and their mother […]

Armed Group Shuts Oil Pipeline

An armed group of Berbers has reportedly shut down the pipelines in Mellitah on Saturday evening. Xinhua quoted a source as saying that about 75 armed men from Zuwara stopped Italian oil company ENI's ship 7 km off the Mellitah coast, demanding that they stop their activities, and that one of the armed group got […]

Berbers Shut Off Gas Pipeline

Members of Libya's Berber minority cut off a gas pipeline in the western Jebel Nafussa area, local sources said on Monday, to protest their marginalisation in the future constitution, reports Middle East Online. Youths from Kabu, Al-Galaa, Jadu and Nalout closed the main gas pipeline supplying Al-Ruwais, Zawiya and Misrata (electricity) stations to protest "against […]

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Berber Elected President

Libya's General National Congress (GNC) has elected a new president to succeed Muhammad al-Magarief [Magariaf]. Named variously as Nouri Abusahmen, Nuri Ali Abu Sahmain, Ali Nouri Abou Sahin, and Nouri Abusahmain, he comes from the Amazigh (Berber) minority which was discriminated against during Col Gaddafi's rule. An independent member of parliament, he won 96 votes […]