I WOULD LIKE TO ORGANIZE A RALLY TO BRING AWARENESS AND INSHALLAH GET MEDIA ATTENTION TO HELP LIBYA! IT SEEMS LIKE NO ONE REALLY CARES/DOES NOT KNOW ABOUT THESE MASSACRES KILLING OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AND THINKING THE FIGHTING WAS GOING TO CEASE TODAY IT HAS ONLY ESCALATED. WE NEED TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT AND DO ANYTHING WE CAN!
“My brother has been shot – just an hour ago,” said local Abdal Elfourtia. “He is wounded and they arr…ested him – all my three brothers have been arrested.”
“We want to show the reality, the truth behind Gadhafi and his criminalities,”.
“The presidency of a country is not a career – you cannot take over by force or by deviancy,” Shaykh Sheikh.
The oil-rich country has been under authoritarian rule for more than four decades. Already, the crackdown is becoming the most violent anti-government protesters have seen.
On Sunday – the sixth day of protests – machine guns were used on thousands of people who had gathered in the eastern city of Benghazi to mourn those lost. Witnesses say four people were wounded, two seriously.
A doctor at a local hospital told the Associated Press that staff are unable to treat all the wounded because supplies have run out.
Moammar Gadhafi’s regime is cutting off means off communication, with internet and phone lines severed and media access restricted in protest areas. Libyan state TV aired images of burned and looted buildings, though it is unclear if demonstrators caused the damage.
Successful demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt led to the ousting of both country leaders, and have inspired similar calls for change in Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria and Morocco. Outside the region, unrest is also reported in places like China and East Africa’s Djibouti.
Inger Lorsignol, a Canadian working and living in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, told CTV.ca by email Sunday that most foreign families have been evacuated from the country, and many of the flights out of Libya are full.
Though much of the unrest is centred in Benghazi, which is about 1,500 km from Tripoli, Lorsignol said that worry is also palpable in the capital, where people are stocking up on food and water out of concern that the instability will grow.
“In the city of Zawiyah, just about 30 kilometres west of Tripoli, a lot of shootings and actual killings have been going on,” Lorsignol said. “This is awfully close.”