May have removed one military dictatorship and replaced it with another!, Egyptians.
The bloodshed in North Africa continues as the Libyan army is once again reported to have fired live rounds at protesters in Tripoli. Forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi are said to have lost control over most of the country's territory.
The country is in complete disarray at the moment. Anti-Gaddafi protesters are taking more ground by the day. They are now controlling most of the country, their main foothold being in Benghazi.
The capital Tripoli, however, remains in the hands of Colonel Gaddafi and the forces that are still loyal to him. On Friday Gaddafi’s son, Saif, said that neither he, nor his father would leave Libya while alive.
Reports suggest that security forces in Tripoli are arming civilians loyal to the regime.
Escaping the violence, 22,000 Libyans have left the country, heading towards Tunisia, and another 15,000 have fled to Egypt.
The international community is condemning what is happening in Libya.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council “to act quickly on a proposed package of UN sanctions aimed at forcing Libyan leaders to end their violent crackdown in the country,” Reuters news agency reports.
The US has decided on issuing sanctions against the Gaddafi government and family and top Libyan businesses, after the majority of American citizens have been removed from the country.
President Obama said that the actions of Gaddafi, his government, and close associates constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.
The UK and other European nations are following suit, promising they will put pressure on Gaddafi.
The UN Security Council is meeting on Saturday to discuss possible sanctions against Libya. The sanctions might include an arms embargo against the Libyan government as well as a travel ban and freezing of assets of Gaddafi, his relatives and key members of his government, AP news agency reports.
President of the British-based Arab Lawyers Association, Sabah al-Mukhtar, shared his prognosis on how the situation in Libya might unfold in the very near future.
“I think Gaddafi will disappear from the scene in the next couple of days, probably, a little longer. I think it will end up in bloodshed, he is going to kill more people and then he will follow Hitler or Mussolini type of thing: either he is hung or he will commit suicide,” he said. “He will go down fighting because he is a stubborn man. He does not care about the price the people are paying. I think he will definitely go but it is the people who are going to stay there whom we will have to deal with in the future.”
No end to unrest in sight
Unrest is continuing across the region. Friday saw another mass protest in Tahrir Square in Egypt. People went out to show support for Libya and to call for people detained during the uprising in Egypt be freed.
They also displayed dissatisfaction with some of Mubarak’s men still being in seats of power – in particular, people are calling for Prime Minister Shafik to be removed.
People in Tunisia also followed suit, with protests against people of the former regime who remain in power.
At least nine people were killed during protests in Iraq as people came out to show their dissatisfaction with the government.
In Yemen and Bahrain protests also continue. Crowds were dispersed by police in Yemen, and in Bahrain there were both anti-government and pro-government protests, police having difficulty trying to stop them from clashing.