Libyan Army Deffecting – Protesters Armed To The Teeth!
Anti-government protests are taking place in Libya’s capital Tripoli for the first time since the uprising against leader Colonel Gaddafi began.
Eyewitnesses in the centre of the city have reported hearing gunshots and seeing burning vehicles as thousands of pro and anti-regime demonstrators clash.
The North African country has seen days of unrest as protesters, spurred on by the revolutions in neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia, call for Gaddafi to step down after 40 years.
Much of the violence has so far centred on the second city of Benghazi in the northeast of Libya where at least 200 people are believed to have been killed… Earlier, members of a Libyan army unit told Benghazi residents they have defected and “liberated” the city from pro-Gaddafi forces.
A Libyan ambassador quits and claims Gaddafi has fled the country:
Al Jazeera says Libya’s ambassador to China, Hussein Sadiq al Musrati, resigned on air with Al Jazeera Arabic.
He reportedly called on the army to intervene, and has called all diplomatic staff to resign, the site said.
With Gaddafi shooting his poeple to stay in power, it’s time to remember how the United Nations dealt last year with the dictator:
LIBYA was elected overnight to the United Nations Human Rights Council despite numerous complaints that the country was unfit to serve on the international rights body… But the appeal fell on deaf ears, and a General Assembly secret ballot produced 155 votes in favor of adding Libya to the council, significantly more than the 97 votes needed.
Al Jazeera has no confirmation of these claims.
Meanwhile, more demonstrations against the Syrian dicatorship, too, but with protestors chanting not “democracy” but “Allah”: