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October 20 | Gaddafi | Fall of a Dictator

On this day in history, October 20, 2011, the world witnessed the end of an era in Libya as its long-standing dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, was killed in his hometown.

October 20 | Gaddafi | Fall of a Dictator

Gaddafi, infamous for ruling Libya with an iron fist, held power for over four decades. His reign was marked by his autocratic style and the suppression of dissent. However, in 2011, amidst the wave of the Arab Spring that swept across the Middle East and North Africa, Gaddafi’s rule came under threat.

On that fateful day in October, Gaddafi and his convoy were attempting to escape westwards from his hometown. However, they were intercepted and attacked. Gaddafi was captured by forces of Libya’s transitional government.

Despite the chaos and confusion that ensued during the capture, one fact remains undisputed – Muammar Gaddafi was killed shortly after his capture. His death marked the end of his dictatorial regime and ushered in a new era for Libya.

As we look back on this day in history, we are reminded of the power of people’s movements and the inevitable fall of oppressive regimes. The death of Muammar Gaddafi serves as a stark reminder that no leader can suppress the will of the people indefinitely.

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