Libyan authorities cut off nation’s Internet access: report

By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, February 19, 2011 21:33 EDT
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SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Internet service was cut off in Libya on Friday as the regime evidently moved to strip anti-government protestors of ways to organize and communicate, according to Arbor Networks.

Libya “abruptly disconnected” from the Internet at 4:15 pm.(00:15 GMT Saturday), according to the US based tracker of online traffic.

Internet traffic in and out of the country halted suddenly after being throttled earlier in the day, according to an Arbor Networks chart titled “Libya Pulls the Plug.”

The regime of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi vowed on Friday to snuff out attempts to challenge the Libyan leader, after an opposition “day of anger” became a bloodbath.

According to a toll compiled by AFP from different local sources, at least 41 people have lost their lives since demonstrations first erupted on Tuesday.

Image credit: A flier for protest group “Anonymous,” made in solidarity with Egypt.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6EX2KJ7LSZMDCBZWCH62Q7CABY Sandra

    If internet was shut down in Libya, why was bit.ly accessible all day?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6EX2KJ7LSZMDCBZWCH62Q7CABY Sandra

    If the internet was shut down in Libya, explain why bit.ly never went down.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Rumor has it you like to fuck pigs. But first they have to convert to Christianity. Is there any truth to that rumor?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Ha Ha.

  • kukisvoomchor

    If you run “site:*.ly” through Google you’ll notice many if not most supposedly “Libyan” sites are hosted elsewhere, mainly the U.S. The bit.ly site, for example, appears to emanate from New York City.