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  •  My estimate of 10,000 to 30,000 (0+ / 0-)

    is based on the observations of activists on the ground in Tripoli who I trust because I have been observing them for a while.

    The Free Generation Movement - حركة جيل الاحرار reported: [Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 12:03pm]

    The crowd was estimated to be around 10,000 strong.
    they also said
    Members of the Free Generation Movement were present at the event and can clarify that there was no video editing involved and that the crowd was indeed large.
    ...
    Cameras were placed at an angle that would present the crowd in a favourable light, but no comprehensive editing was involved.

    There are verified reports from Free Generation members of multiple buses bringing people in from outside of Tripoli. Whilst this is a verified report, other rumours regarding the source of the crowd cannot be verified by us.
    ...
    Whilst admittedly this was a large, pre-planned, and well orchestrated event, it still represents less than one percent of the Tripoli population, if indeed the participants were from Tripoli.


    FGM is the group behind Tripoli Burn Notice and many other actions.

    Libya Alhurra Updates cited an activist who was there and put the number at 30,000

    These are two reports that sound creditable and fair. Two other reports I have seen put the number at ~ 15k so I think my figure of 10k-30k involved a little more than my ass.

    Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

    by Clay Claiborne on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 09:02:34 AM PDT

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