Conflict & Justice

Detained, foreign journalist meets Libyans hungry for democracy


Libyan prisoners stand behind bars at the rebel's military jail in the eastern town of Benghazi on April 20, 2011.


Marwan Naamani

GlobalPost correspondent James Foley detailed his capture and subsequent imprisonment on the PBS Newshour Thursday.

In a sprawling interview, Foley said that during his detention he was able to get some unique insight into the feelings average Libyans have toward their leader, Muammar Gaddafi, and the war that had broken out around them.

"There was a sense amongst the political prisoners that Gaddafi had shot his own people, and that they wouldn't accept any compromise by which any of his sons would share power," Foley said.

(Watch James Foley's interview with GlobalPost)

But, he said, they didn't harbor a desire for revenge, despite having endured wrongful imprisonment and, in some cases, torture, Foley said.

"They wanted to bring Gaddafi to a court, and they wanted to bring these men who had tortured them into some kind of legal process. So, there was some hope that there will be serious democratic reforms if and when this regime falls," Foley said.

Foley said that although the peaceful protest turned into an armed civil war, he found that there was yet hope for the country.

"It will be very, very interesting to see if these revolutionaries can eventually get power and harness it for some kind of democratic reforms."

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