Photo of the Day: Gaddafi's Ghoulish Guest Room

Mar 1, 2011
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

When captives of the Libyan justice system checked into this horrific chamber within the main prison of leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces in Benghaz, they never sent out "wish you were here" postcards, as much as they might have wanted to.

The difference between the torture chamber exhibit at Madame Tussauds and this Libyan execution room is that one is a museum. (Photo: Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

Mass opposition to Gaddafi's autocratic and capricious rule continues in Libya, despite the nation being turned into a cauldron of violence and uncertainty. Key defections from highly placed government officials and military personnel have emboldened western leaders to call for Gaddafi's immediate abdication of power.

These demands, in turn, prompted Gaddafi to call a press conference, which—in some markets—preempted coverage of actor Charlie Sheen's public bickering with the producers of televison show Two and a Half Men.

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