Libyan Freedom Riders

Collection with 14 media items created by Transterra Editor

24 Mar 2014 22:00

Motorcycles, like many other sports or activities considered “savage” or a threat to the Libyan culture, were banned during the Gadhafi area in Libya. But since Gadhafi's regime fell in 2011, motorcycles are making their comeback in the streets of Libya. Fakhri Al-Hassi is one of the first motorcycle riders in the country. He used to ride his bike in the streets of Benghazi during Gadhafi’s rule, but was often arrested and harassed by the police for wearing leather clothes and badges which they said promoted imperialist ideas. Fakhri Al-Hassi, also called “GO Fakhri”, founded the Berynatchi Club in February 2013, through which he now organizes weekly rides with other riders and maintenance workshops. Fakhri’s goal is to improve the image of the biking culture with the Libyan people and the police. Since the revolution, the number of motorcycles in the country exploded and with it the number of road traffic accidents. The biker says it is important that the club is registered with the Libyans authorities and that all the bikers who join it have driving licenses to gain the trust and respect of the Libyan authorities. The club, which is one of the only two bikers club in Eastern Libya and was named after the ancient name of the city, now counts 55 members. For Fakhri, clubs like his are a good example to show that the revolution was not only political, but affected all parts Libyan society.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 1
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

A group of traditional bikers meet in the Shahat forest after finally getting rid of the ban Al Gadhafi's ban on motorcycles. After the revolution, men found themselves free to own motorcycles and organize related events.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 2
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

A group of motorcycle riders organize an event on the coastal road of Al-Merej city, 100km east of Benghazi, gathering in small groups to practice their hobby that was banned during the reign of Al Gadhafi.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 3
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Fakhri Al-Hassi, one of the leading bikers who established the Berynatchi Club in 2012, smiles while riding through Bayda city. He has been a rider since the 80s, but was never able to roam freely in the streets with police always tracking him among other motorcycle enthusiasts as Al Gadhafi forced a ban on the sport.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 4
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Fakhri Al Hasi rides at 130 Km/h on the coastal road in an event riders wished to have for a long time, but were not allowed to have before the revolution freed them from the unreasonable control of Al Gadhafi.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 5
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Fakhri Al-Hassi, who wears leather clothes covered with logos of brands, talks to one of the tourists about his choice of clothes/fashion sense.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 6
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Ousama Al Baraki ignites his bike now to practice a sport that was forbidden in the age of Al Gadhafi who held a strange view to this kind of sport, banning it and tracking riders.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 7
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

A group of motorcycle riders organize an event on the coastal road of Al-Merej city, 100km east of Benghazi, gathering in small groups to practice their hobby that was banned during the reign of Al Gadhafi.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 8
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Fakhri Al-Hassi shows his skills in front of tourists in one of the forests in the historical city of Shahat during the gala that many say is just an introductory for a huge festival in Libya. Al-Hassi had to refrain from practicing his hobby during Al Gadhafi's reign in which the sport was banned.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 9
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Ousama Al Baraki rides his bike on the mountain road of Bayda city taking part in an event with his group of riders.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 10
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Ahmad takes part in a bikers' event in the Shahat forest with a group of other riders.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 11
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Ahmad Baghtous takes a souvenir photograph in his "Texan" outfit during an event for bikers in the historical city of Shahat.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 12
By Transterra Editor
14 Mar 2014

Bikers participating in a motorcycle riders event in the forest of Shahat take a group portrait in front of the slogan "Shahat Forum."

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Libyan Freedom Riders 14
By Transterra Editor
14 Mar 2014

A group of motorcycles ride in the streets of the city of Shahat.