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
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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