Saturday, February 19, 2011

When God runs the state: Libyan regime hits back with deadly crackdown

There is no bread in the Koran ~ Hoodwinked by religious rule!

"Security forces are firing on Libyan citizens and killing scores simply because they're demanding change and accountability," said New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), citing phone interviews with hospital staff and witnesses.

What accountability ~ under utopian religious rule ~ there need be no accountability ~ that's for western [infidel] governments. Change ~ change what ~ the perfect Shari'a laws of God ~ which allow Muslim rights to be exploited ~ but make then feel as though they are better than or superior to everyone else ~ even as they don't have enough to eat.

To have change in the Islamic world ~ it must first be realized. Otherwise ~ no matter how much we want to help ~ the cycle will continue. Just another Islamic revolution ~ next dictator!!

There is always balance. The people don't respect freedom and their leaders in turn don't respect freedom.

In most [if not all] north African states ~ more than half the school week is taken up with Islamic studies ~ they only imagine that they want to achieve in the modern world. What they want to achieve is the Islamic state of old ~ the conquering, enslaving, colonizing Islamic state back when things were so akbar!!

Muslim nations are being dragged, kicking and screaming into the modern world ~ but to make the transition ~ they will have to admit defeat around ideas of Islam's ascendency. Even one billion Muslims cannot stop the direction Islam is heading in.



CAIRO (AFP)— Security forces have killed more than 80 anti-regime protesters in unrest-swept eastern Libya, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday, after Tripoli pledged to crush opposition.

On the fifth day of an unprecedented challenge to his four-decade regime, Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi had still made no public comment although he reportedly appeared at a mass rally of supporters in the capital on Thursday.

After regime opponents had used Facebook to mobilise protests, like in neighbouring Egypt, the social networking website was blocked on Saturday and Internet connections patchy, said Internet users in Tripoli and Benghazi.

Arbor Networks, a US-based tracker of online traffic, said Internet services were cut overnight.

But the capital itself remained calm on Saturday, a correspondent in Tripoli said, as state television and the official news agency JANA restricted their coverage to reports of pro-regime rallies.

"Security forces are firing on Libyan citizens and killing scores simply because they're demanding change and accountability," said New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), citing phone interviews with hospital staff and witnesses.

It said thousands of demonstrators had poured out onto the streets in Benghazi and other eastern cities on Friday, a day after clashes in which 49 people were killed.

"Hospital sources told Human Rights Watch that security forces killed 35 people in Benghazi on February 18, almost all with live ammunition," raising the tally to more than 80.

At least 24 were gunned down in Benghazi and Al-Baida on a "day of anger" on Thursday, according to HRW.

Libya's attorney general, Abdelrahman al-Abbar, has ordered an inquiry into the violence focused on the east of the country, an official in Tripoli told AFP on Saturday, on condition of anonymity.

The prosecutor has called for "procedures to be expedited to judge all those who were guilty of death or looting," the source said.

In Benghazi, Libya's second city and hotbed of anti-Kadhafi opposition, demonstrators on Friday set fire to the headquarters of a local radio station after the building's guards withdrew, witnesses and a security source told AFP.

And Libyan newspaper Quryna reported on Friday that some 1,000 inmates had escaped from a Benghazi prison, while a security source told AFP four inmates were shot dead during a breakout bid in Tripoli.

According to a toll compiled by AFP from local sources, at least 41 people have been killed since demonstrations first erupted on Tuesday. That toll excludes two policemen newspapers said were hanged in Al-Baida on Friday.

Oea, a newspaper close to Kadhafi's reputedly pro-reform son, Seif al-Islam, said the two policemen had been strung up by demonstrators.

Security forces circled Al-Baida on Friday, a source close to the authorities told AFP, following Internet reports that protesters had seized control of the city.

Another well-informed local source told AFP that 14 civilians, including protesters and members of the Revolutionary Committees, the backbone of Kadhafi's regime, had been killed in Al-Baida.

"The response of the people and the Revolutionary Forces to any adventures by these small groups will be sharp and violent," the Revolutionary Committees had warned on the website of its newspaper, Azzahf Al-Akhdar (Green March).

On Friday, US President Barack Obama condemned the use of violence against peaceful protesters in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen, while Britain, France and the European Union urged Libyan authorities to exercise restraint.

Britain warned its citizens against all but essential travel to eastern Libya and France said it had suspended authorisation of exports of security equipment to the North African nation.

With international concerns mounting, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters a repatriation of his country's nationals from Libya would "probably begin today (Saturday)".

Kadhafi, 68, is the longest-serving leader in the Arab world. His oil-producing North African state is sandwiched between Tunisia and Egypt, whose long-time leaders have been toppled by popular uprisings.

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