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Eamonn Walsh | 14:07 UK time, Monday, 21 March 2011

As the world unites against Colonel Gaddafi, Panorama reveals the real story behind the country's revolution and his crimes of war.

Using remarkable new footage, it tells how a group of young professionals bravely stood up to 42 years of dictatorship.

Reporter Paul Kenyon travels across the front line to uncover how the Libyan military fired on unarmed protestors and tracks down the man accused of ordering the shooting - Colonel Gaddafi's son, Saadi.

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  • Comment number 1.

    The BBC site is an anti Muslim and anti Islam and I'm amazed how you and the governments of UL and US are spreading lies in regard to the criminal aggression against people of Libya by the UK and US. Your action are pure criminal and equal to state sponsored terrorisms the same way the UK, US and the goddamned NATO did in former Yugoslavia.
    Your government in UK are the biggest terrorist state in the word together with the US in criminally bombing and looking for regime change in Libya the way you did in Iraq by spending billions and billions of dollars and have accomplished nothing so far. You killed millions of people during your history and become one of the worst criminal nation on planet earth.

    God will punish you.
    Down with UK-US criminally clique together with NATO

  • Comment number 2.

    With tonight’s program I was shocked and dismayed at the violence Gaddafi’s regime and more so the orders given by his son to shoot unarmed civilians in Benghazi , it is clear we missed an opportunity to help weeks ago when the “Rebels” were pushing forward.
    I have spent time in the middle east traveling independently and find the normal every day person to be someone who I can have dialogue with and prejudice are soon dispelled, a willingness to understand and except and at times disagree makes for interesting conversation.
    What I saw tonight makes my blood boil, the Libyan’s standing up to this regime have my admiration, and although I’m a “westerner” I stand by you all in thought side by side with you in your wish to be free, if I were there with you I would fight by your side for your freedom you see the hand of friendship has no colour and as well as being my unknown friends you are also my brothers.
    I wish all those marching for the right to say what is in their hearts well, and hope the cost of your freedom is not too high.

  • Comment number 3.

    Interesting program, However it is not a surprise for the Libyans who know the regime for 42 years. The program just showed the start of the revolution,but don't forget other areas in the east and west who suffered a lot over last month.I think more of similar programs needed to expose this regime aggression.

  • Comment number 4.

    "the criminal aggression against people of Libya by the UK and US. Your action are pure criminal and equal to state sponsored terrorism"

    I find this quite short sighted,
    The civiian casualties caused by the allied intervention are a regrettable accident where all possible measures were taken to prevent it.
    The Libyan regime opening fire on unarmed civilians with anti-tank artillery was with the single intention to kill the civilian population.

    Yes the UK and US do bad things, It's just that all possible measure are taken to ensure these bad things are only done to bad people.
    The loss of human life is always, always a terrible thing but the UN gave Gaddafi the chance to prevent this action by abiding by a ceasefire.
    The rules were very simple, stop killing your own civilians or we will come and stop you.
    How could anyone be against that kind of idea?
    The alternative is inhumane, to turn a blind eye to the suffering of innocent civillians, that is not the country I grew up in, That is not the morality I grew up with and that is not the government the British people elected to govern them

  • Comment number 5.

    The British never turned their guns on civilians......OOooops!Sorry I forgot about Derry.The Americans never turned their guns on their fellow Countrymen and women..OOoops! sorry again.Too numerous to mention.Does Robert Mugabe have any oil?No.Can the Palestinians give us more than our well armed friends in Israel give us?No again.I feel sorry for these heavilly armed innocent (Civillians) in Libya.They will be used,reused and spat out again by their pretend liberators.Any excuse for a bit of plundering....Eh Chaps?

  • Comment number 6.

    The British have no right to take one Libyan life,guilty of a perceived crime,or not.What an arrogant little Island the great British people live on.What would happen if the rulers of China declared Cammeron a danger to the world?Would we doff our collective caps and say"Fair play to ya?"

  • Comment number 7.

    Paul Kenyon is the ruler of which Country now?I thought he was just an inpartial reporter.Yeah Right!

  • Comment number 8.

    I have never heard of Paul Kenyon.A pseudo novelist to be sure.Sitting behind treble glazing watching Al Jazeera on TV?I hope not.We expect more from that thing the law makes us pay through the nose for...............BBC.

  • Comment number 9.

    Some day a big schoolyard bully will call your bluff Little Britain.Don't expect any sympathy,your old friends Israel and America could very well have their own problems and their little pal from long ago,who held their coats and cheered from the sidelines........Become "Who they?".........More voiceover work for Tom Baker.

  • Comment number 10.

    Debate???????There is no debate here.A nameless balding man with previous military background decides what you discuss.

  • Comment number 11.

    Just a guess.

  • Comment number 12.

    For me this shows no more than than biased view that the west and particually the BBC has been showing through out the Libyian crisis, the fact that libya shoot on it's own people is nothing new, yet we're to be outraged, sad as it is, however i can name at least half a dozen other states that are doing the same and yet no mention on the 6 or 10 o'clock news like there is about libya!
    And then of course the witnesses of torture, well that may be true, but it is only the alleged victims of said torture that are giving evidence, and by those standards then every person who say's they have been tortured by the west in Guantonimo Bay we have no choice but to believe them as we believe the victims of alleged Qaddaffi torture which in a way makes us the west nowhere near being able to judge Qaddaffi in this respect, thats all i'm saying, come on BBC play it fair at least!...

  • Comment number 13.

    Bring a man on with a perfect English accent,but with a Libyan name who couldn't point to Libya on a map seems to be the BBC balance.The BBC is the mouth wing of a fully armed State.BBC......Paid for (under threat of prosecution if you don't)by us .Should we march on Whitehall to demand Regime change?No.We would probably get shot to death.

  • Comment number 14.

    "Play it fair BBC"....Nice one Mickey.Snowballs,Ice,hell.......Add the fill in words.

  • Comment number 15.

    An unconfirmed report by a man who sounds North African said "We is winning innit".


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