FENCE Armchair Traveler visits Libya May 22

Published 3:13 pm Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The FENCE Armchair Traveler series will offer an illustrated presentation on Libya by Norm Powers, who visited the country just a week before hostilities erupted between Qaddafi loyalists and anti-Qaddafi insurgents. This special edition of the Armchair Traveler will be on Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m.

Qaddafi supporters filled Tripoli's Green Square when presenter Norm Powers visited in early February. (photo submitted)

Powers was part of a small group touring Libya’s pristine Roman and Greek antiquities sites in early February.

“Friends had emailed from the United States saying there were reports of an upcoming ‘day of rage’ against the government, but all we saw were pro-Qaddafi rallies in Tripoli’s Green Square,” Powers said.

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His group had already left Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, when violence broke out there and had left Libya completely before protests spread west toward Tripoli.

Powers’ presentation will explore the Greek, Roman and Byzantine sites at Leptis Magna, Sabratha, Cyrene and Apollinia, all designated World Heritage sites.

The FENCE Armchair Traveler series if offered free of charge with the support of the Kirby Endowment Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation.

– article submitted by FENCE