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Bodies Reported In The Streets In Libya

From a gently disapproving Associated Press:

Witnesses report bodies in the streets in Libya

By Maggie Michael, Associated Press
February 22, 2011

CAIRO – The bodies of protesters shot to death by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi were left on the streets of a restive district in the Libyan capital Tuesday, an opposition activist and a resident said, while the longtime leader defiantly went on state TV to show he was still in charge.

The eruption of turmoil in the capital after a week of protests and bloody clashes in Libya’s eastern cities has sharply escalated the challenge to Gadhafi. His security forces have unleashed the bloodiest crackdown of any Arab country against the wave of protests sweeping the region, which toppled leaders of Egypt and Tunisia.

The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, citing sources inside the country, said Tuesday that at least 250 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in the crackdown on protesters in Libya

The head of the U.N. agency, Navi Pillay, called for an investigation, saying widespread and systematic attacks against the civilian population "may amount to crimes against humanity."

Lest we forget, Libya was elected chairman of the United Nations Human Rights Commission in 2003. These latest actions might even win them back that vaunted position.

World leaders also have expressed outrage. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called on Gadhafi to "stop this unacceptable bloodshed" and said the world was watching the events "with alarm."

Has Mr. Obama called Mr. Gadhafi, like he called Mr. Mubarak? Has he asked the Reverend Farrakhan to intercede with his old friend and benefactor?

Mohammed Ali of the Libyan Salvation Front and a Tripoli resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said scores of bodies had been left on the streets in Fashloum after the pro-Gadhafi gunmen opened fire the night before. Ali, reached in Dubai, and the resident said the gunmen shot at ambulances and some protesters were left bleeding to death

But weren’t these ambulances displaying the Red Crescent?

Gadhafi, the longest serving Arab leader, appeared briefly on TV early Tuesday to dispel rumors that he had fled. Sitting in a car in front of what appeared to be his residence and holding an umbrella out of the passenger side door, he told an interviewer that he had wanted to go to the capital’s Green Square to talk to his supporters, but the rain stopped him.

"I am here to show that I am in Tripoli and not in Venezuela. Don’t believe those misleading dog stations," Gadhafi said, referring to the media reports that he had left the country. The video clip and comments lasted less than a minute — unusual for the mercurial leader, who is known for rambling speeches that often last hours.

Well, it was raining.

Pro-Gadhafi militia drove through Tripoli with loudspeakers and told people not to leave their homes, witnesses said, as security forces sought to keep the unrest that swept eastern parts of the country — leaving the second-largest city of Benghazi in protesters’ control — from overwhelming the capital of 2 million people.

State TV said the military had "stormed the hideouts of saboteurs" and urged the public to back security forces. Protesters called for a demonstration in Tripoli’s central Green Square and in front of Gadhafi’s residence, but witnesses in various neighborhoods described a scene of intimidation: helicopters hovering above the main seaside boulevard and pro-Gadhafi gunmen firing from moving cars and even shooting at the facades of homes to terrify the population

Warplanes swooped low over Tripoli in the evening and snipers took up position on roofs, apparently to stop people outside the capital from joining protests, according to Mohammed Abdul-Malek, a London-based opposition activist in touch with residents.

Gadhafi appeared to have lost the support of at least one major tribe, several military units and his own diplomats, including Libya’s ambassador in Washington, Ali Adjali. Deputy U.N. Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi accused the longest-serving Arab leader of committing genocide against his own people in the current crisis.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday described the crackdown as "a serious violation of international humanitarian law."…

That will show Gadhafi.

Jordanians who fled Libya gave horrific accounts of a "bloodbath" in Tripoli, saying they saw people shot, scores of burned cars and shops, and what appeared to be armed mercenaries who looked as if they were from other African countries.

Many billboards and posters of Gadhafi were smashed or burned along a road to downtown Tripoli, "emboldening" protesters, said a man who lives on the western outskirts of the capital…

The heaviest fighting so far has been in the east. Security forces in Benghazi opened fire Sunday on protesters storming police stations and government buildings. But in several instances, units of the military sided with protesters. By Monday, protesters had claimed control of the city, overrunning its main security headquarters, called the Katiba.

Celebrating protesters raised the flag of Libya’s old monarchy, toppled in 1969 in a Gadhafi-led military coup, over Benghazi’s main courthouse and on tanks around the city

Something tells us that if Mr. Gadhafi is toppled, they won’t be bringing the monarchy back.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Bodies Reported In The Streets In Libya”

  1. P. Aaron

    Howsabout we start with a consensus about how to spell this idiot’s name?

  2. canary

    Hillary Rodham Clinton called on Gadhafi to “stop this unacceptable bloodshed” and said the world was watching the events “with alarm.”

    duh. They want people to watch with alarm and watch. Guess Hillary missed the Obama instigated bonding friendship with Gadhafi at that summit.

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Recent Twitter posts between Gawd-Awfully and Obama

    ChicagoKingPin: Yo ‘sup wif yo peeps?

    GreenMonstor: Ain’t no thang. Some r just pizzd

    ChicagoKingPin: At wut?

    GreenMonstor: me I thnk

    ChicagoKingPin: Jus do wut I do—tel em to shut up

    GreenMonstor: tried dat, they mor pizzd off

    ChicagoKingPin: wnt me to step in?

    GreenMonstor: an do wut?

    ChicagoKingPin: I cn mk em stp

    GreenMonstor: How?

    ChicagoKingPin: Tel em Im on my wy & wl give em $$$$ that shd do it.

    GreenMonstor: Yes! U r my bff!

    Headline: Obama Heads To Libya With Peace Deal and New Path For Citizens.

    (Not even close. No $$$ for Libya. Just a ruse. A lie. As he continues to ignore the people in another struggling country with a freakshow, nutjob leader who he really is afraid of.)

    The preceding is just a made up fabrication of what I would see in my little world as to how pathetic both parties truly are. It is doubtful that O-knob-knob would even attempt any communication with Ga-daffy. Nor does he seem particularly adept at identifying any legitimate uprising by the people of Libya. Iran? Yeah, kind of like that. The deafening silence from the white house is most telling, although “sources” say “he is watching the situation closely”. Yeah like the way I closely watch a ShamWow commercial.

    Maybe he should go coach another kids’ basketball team or even contemplate where he’ll sit during the NBA championships. After all, that’s really important.

  4. proreason

    I can’t wait to see which feedledum replaces feddledee.

  5. tranquil.night

    Devil’s Playground.

  6. Helena

    Despite his own peoples’ protests against him, and foreign fatwas calling for his death, the dictator for life was stunning in a chic mono-chrome ensemble of desert brown: suede jacket with merino/cashmere blend shawl and head wrap. Mindful of the serious occasion, the mass murderer kept accessories to a minimum with oversize rimless aviator glasses and a single gold “power” ring on his gesturing hand. You go, Daffy!

    • Liberals Demise

      Only to be buried in his now wrinkled birthday suit.

      Here’s winking at you, kid!
      Hugs and kisses,
      Teddy




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