Canadians rally in support of Libyan protesters

TORONTO, OTTAWA, VANCOUVER, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - Rallies in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver are set to take place this weekend to protest the regime of Col. Muammar Al-Ghadaffi and his brutal use of force against peaceful protesters in Libya.  Thursday February 17th was declared as the 'day of anger' by anti-government activists in Libya, however, protests began days earlier in the city of Benghazi. Civil unrest has spread to cities throughout Libya including Al-Bayda, Derna, and Az-Zintan. The capital, Tripoli, has also seen some sporadic protests.

More people have died in Libya in three days than in the Tunisian uprising over 28 days. Over fifty are reported dead in Benghazi, twenty in Al-Bayda, and seven in Derna.  Pro-government supporters, armed with knives and swords, have been attacking protesters in Benghazi. Hired snipers are also shooting at protesters from rooftops. Human Rights Watch has released the names of 12 arrested activists and journalists, but figures are likely much higher after yesterday's clashes.

News agencies are having difficulty reporting on Libya due to government restraints on journalists. The regime is cracking down on anyone in Libya caught disseminating information. Despite that, Mr. Ashour Ben-Khaial, a former Libyan ambassador to South Korea and a leading member of the banned National Congress of the Libyan Opposition, stated, "It's important that western media outlets report what's going on there. Unfortunately, we have to rely on Libyan protesters uploading pictures and videos to social networking sites. We're trying to spread the word, and some media outlets are picking up the stories, but we need more coverage. Innocent people are being killed by the dozens. Some media outlets are quoting official government sources who are denying everything, and that needs to stop."

Protests will take place at the following dates, times, and locations:

  • Ottawa: Saturday February 19th at Parliament Hill at 12:00 pm.
  • Toronto: Sunday February 20th at Yonge-Dundas Square at 12:00 pm.
  • Vancouver: Saturday February 19th at the Vancouver Public Library at 1:00 pm.

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For further information:


Ottawa: Ms. Assia El-Muradi (613) 882-3209
Email: assia.elmuradi@gmail.com

Toronto: Ms. Amal Abuzgaya (416) 315-7791
Email: amal.abuzgaya@gmail.com

Vancouver: Mr. Ashour Ben-Khaial (778) 288-9694
Email: Ashour39@hotmail.com

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