3 Public Squares Draw The Political Life in Benghazi

3 Squares

People protest to be heard. Their voices are the most driven factor when comes to political decisions. The people gather in places that draw attention to them, and nothing is more important than public squares to protest.
From 2011 to the present, public squares in Benghazi play a critical role in the recent history of Libya. There are three main places shifted from one to another acted as the favorite public spaces in the city.

Freedom Square: (2011- 2013)

Freedom SquareWhile the whole world watched 2011 Arab Spring in many Arab nations, public square names were resonated everywhere. Such as Tahrer Square in Egypt. Libya had its own famous square at the time. Freedom square in Benghazi is where it all started.
This Square is located in Benghazi center adjacent to the courthouse. It was originally a parking lot.
People of Benghazi gathered every day during 2011. However, Islamist groups started raising in Benghazi taking this square as their main square to gather. It became rabaa al-adawiya square of Libya. People moved to the new public square in the middle of 2013 after the US ambassador was killed, and when the ideological differences started to rise. Check my blog post on Freedom Square almost 2 years ago.

Freedom Square

Tibesty Square: (mid 2013- end 2014)

Tebisty SqaureIt is also called “ Martyr Abed Assalam Al Masmary Square). This square is located within the public park on the main lake in front of Tebisty Hotel. People abandoned Freedom Square as a reaction to the other groups who support the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups. One of the largest protests had taken place in this square was “Benghazi will never bow” on August 2014.
Its location within the downtown and close enough to the Freedom Square make it the perfect place to protest. Because of the war in Benghazi and the square’s location close enough to clashes, people moved to other safer public squares.

Tebsty Sqaure

Alkeesh Square: (2015- Present)

Al keesh SquareDespite the war inside Benghazi for more than one year, people of Benghazi never stopped protesting. They keep their voices louder than any other city as Benghazi known as the city of rebellion.
Alkeesh square located in a place accessible to most areas under the army control. It was used to be a good place for gaddafi’s speeches, as it was located in front of his main brigade (Al Fadeel Bo Omer Brigade) inside the city. This square also held one of the most important speeches in the recent history of Libya when Abd Aljalil announce the Liberation Day in 2011. One of the largest protests is held in this square was only yesterday as people went out to refuse the latest Leon’s unity government proposal.

Alkeesh Sqaure

In this, one of the squares or in any other places, people of Benghazi will never stop protesting. As history tells us, Benghazi is the city that creates the future of Libya.

2 Ways To Add and Find Your Favorite Places Online


Last January, I talked about establishing your business online on Google Places.  Once people search for a specific business category, they will find a complete list of all businesses and their information. Related: Google Places: Few Steps to Publish your Business Online. It Works Perfect in Benghazi 

But if you want to find, let’s say, a mosque in Benghazi, you won’t find it online unless you ask one of your friends. To find this mosque online and its location on a map, someone has to add this information to any map online.
There are many ways that people can add places on a map online. Google places one of them. This two ways are easier and more informative than any thing else:

1- Using Wikimapia.org 

This website uses the idea of people can add their places. This is the easiest things I found online to add some places. The benefit from this website is people add informal places that no one think to add. It’s not official website that you get official places, but people who are the responsible for these places. The power of people is translated on this map. Go and check it. Try to write any mosque’s name and you will find it easily. Go to wikimapia and add your own places such as your home or your business. As much as people add places, the website will increase its credibility to becomes an important resource.

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2- Using Foursquare App

Have you ever checked In using Facebook. Usually people like prove that they are in a specific and spacial place. They share that with other people. What if you find some good information on this place. This is exactly what Foursquare dose.
Foursqaure helps you to check in and gives you some information and people’s review on this place. Foursqaure is an app on your phone and it uses your GPS to locate your location. And then gives you informative review by people, such as best restaurant close to your location. It’s fun, playful, and informative. You can also access to Foursqaure.com  and check some places.


This app uses the power of people, because people who are responsible on adding these places. I use this app daily. I add as many places and review them as much to help other people finding the right information.
People should take advantages of this technology. They can adopt the new way of accessing data and information among this insanely increased technology.