Tripoli – Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi last night appeared on television to dismiss rumors that he left the country due to protests.
Gaddafi, 68, still maintaining the four decades of his rule despite defections among the military and diplomats. The regime in North Africa that was denied the allegations massacred demonstrators despite a number of reports suggesting the death toll ranges from 300-400 people. “I soon met the youth at Green Square in downtown Tripoli,” Gaddafi said in a live viewing on television from outside his home for 22 seconds. When talking Gaddafi stood under silver umbrellas, and then stepping into a car. “This is just to prove that I was in Tripoli and not in Venezuela and to deny the various television statements,” he said. Libyan Government until now has never confirmed the number of victims killed or injured during the riot.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said 233 people were killed in the protests. Meanwhile, the International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR) said the victims were killed between 300-400 people. Appears reports from eyewitnesses, the Air Force (AU) opened fire on demonstrators. But, Libyan Government television network, Al-Jamahiriya Two, denied all allegations. “They said the massacre occurred in several cities in Libya. We must fight all the rumors and lies that are part of psychological warfare, “wrote the red text on a television screen.
“This information aims to destroy your morale, your stability and your wealth.” Although Gaddafi still hold, emerge a number of defections from his supporters, including fighter jet pilots who flew to Malta and admitted refusing to follow orders to fire on demonstrators. Libya lies between Egypt and Tunisia seems to have affected the revolution that succeeded in overthrowing the two leaders of neighboring countries. Libyan government looked very worried if the wave of revolution was able to overthrow Gaddafi. Riots in Libya now extend to the capital city since this week after last week appeared in the eastern region. Protesters to date have attacked a number of political offices, government broadcasting offices, and set fire to government buildings.
Residents in two districts in Tripoli declared by telephone, there have been massacres during the armed man were brutally shot in the Tajura district. Another eyewitness in Fashlum said several helicopters lowered African mercenaries who shoot anyone on the streets, killing many people. A Latin American expatriates living in Gargaresh, Tripoli, reported the mass of burning tires and a truck and a car. “We crossed a barricade Kalashnikovs gunman. I’m very afraid, they have arrested the African couple,” he said. The expatriates are now in hiding with their families, awaiting evacuation out of Libya. “Gaddafi photos were destroy in Gargaresh, which previously filled by his supporters,” said the expatriates that.
Security Council of the United Nations (UN) to immediately hold a meeting on Tuesday (22 / 2) to discuss the Libyan regime’s brutality in reducing global rally. Emergency meeting was held after reports the deployment of fighter aircraft and helicopters attacking civilians. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he had spoken for 40 minutes with Libyan leader Gaddafi’s restraint in dealing with demonstrators. “Let me say to him that human rights and freedom of assembly and to speak must be fully protected,” he said. “I emphasize to him to stop the violence against demonstrators and I underline the importance of respecting human rights on the demonstrators.” The meeting was requested held by Libya’s deputy UN ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi as well as some senior diplomat who defected from Gaddafi.
Commission on Human Rights Navi Pillay also warned, systemic and widespread attacks against civilian populations can be regarded as a crime against humanity. “Attacks on civilians, if true, would be a serious violation of international humanitarian law and will be secretary-general strongly condemned,” said the UN Human Rights Commission spokesman Martin Nesirky. Various countries are now busy evacuating their citizens. Some 10,000 Egyptians are now waiting to cross the border from Libya. Two Egyptian military aircraft have arrived in Tripoli yesterday to help evacuate their citizens.
“The army has sent additional units to ensure security along the northern border with Libya, on the Soloum borders, and allow citizens to leave Libya by Egyptian security,” said Egyptian security sources. The Chinese government also set up an evacuation of its citizens. “More than 1,000 Chinese construction workers in Libya and was forced to flee after armed robbers raided their compound, stealing computers and other goods,” said the media in Beijing. A Portuguese military aircraft evacuate 114 of its citizens in the middle of the night from Libya toward a NATO base in Italy. While yesterday, Greece preparing to evacuate its citizens from Libya.
“Greece asked for permission to enter the airport in Benghazi, Tripoli, Sebha, and Sirte, and evacuating Greek citizens in there,” said Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Dollis. Bangladesh Foreign Minister stated yesterday Mijarul Quayes, Ambassador (Ambassador) of Libya in Dhaka have quit. “We received word from the Embassy (Embassy) Libya that Mr. Ahmed AH Elimam has resigned,” he said. Elimam not respond the calls from AFP yesterday. While the staff of the Libyan Embassy in Bangladesh said no idea where he is. Government of Bangladesh is very concerned about the security of 50,000 people who work in Libya.
Bangladesh media reports, 100 of its citizens held hostage, possibly by anti-government demonstrators in the town of Darnah Libya, east of Benghazi since Friday (18 / 2). “As many as 30 to 40 armed men holding 300 foreign construction workers who worked for the South Korean company. Hostages performed at the mosque, 20 miles from where they were arrested, “said Shafiuddin Bishwas, a hostage. Meanwhile, Libya’s ambassador to the United States (U.S.), Ali Aujali also stated that he no longer represents the country’s dictatorial regime and urged Gaddafi back. “I backed away from serving the current dictatorship regime. But, I will never retreat from serving our people to vote over the world until they reach their destination is reached, “he said.
“I called for him to go and leave our people alone.” Prime Minister (PM) of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday warned the Libyan government for not making the mistake of ignoring people’s demand for democracy and freedom. Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) yesterday also condemned the use of excessive force by the Libyan authorities in dealing with protesters. “OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu expressed strong criticism over the use of excessive force against civilians in Libya,” said a statement issued the largest Islamic organization in the world.
“OIC condemned the humanitarian disasters that are contrary to Islamic values and humanity.” Riots in Libya, which is the fourth largest oil producer in Africa, making oil prices soar. In morning trade Brent North Sea crude oil for April delivery jumped to a USD108, 57 per barrel. (AFP / RTR / Syarifudin)