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    Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    Hundreds of Libyans shot down
    John Lyons, Middle East correspondent
    February 21, 2011

    ANTI-GOVERNMENT demonstrations across North Africa and the Middle East were violently put down at the weekend, with hundreds of Libyans believed dead after security forces opened fire with machineguns on protesters. The worst violence was in Libya's second-largest city, Benghazi, where soldiers and police used live ammunition to fire on crowds demanding an end to the 41-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi. The exact toll of the crackdown was unclear but human rights groups believed as many as 200 people had been killed in Libya.

    One Benghazi resident told Sky News it had been a "terrible, terrible night". He said thousands of protesters had spent the night facing off with security forces and he expected them to continue. "He (Colonel Gaddafi) has to look for an aeroplane or a place to receive him," he said. A Libyan doctor said security forces had blocked ambulances from reaching the clashes, and he had personally seen 70 bodies at one hospital in Benghazi.
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    A television reporter in Egypt (NBC News) said that he talked to a resident of Tripoli by telephone this morning. The resident told him that numerous buildings in Tripoli are burning and there are many many dead lying in the streets.

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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    Source: The Australian

    A television reporter in Egypt (NBC News) said that he talked to a resident of Tripoli by telephone this morning. The resident told him that numerous buildings in Tripoli are burning and there are many many dead lying in the streets.
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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    This is an awful situation and it will only get wose before it gets better.

    If the people had the right to "KEEP AND BARE ARMS" the outcome would be much different.

    At least they could fight back.

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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
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    A television reporter in Egypt (NBC News) said that he talked to a resident of Tripoli by telephone this morning. The resident told him that numerous buildings in Tripoli are burning and there are many many dead lying in the streets.
    This is very sad...

    And maybe just the beginning.
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    This is terrible, but I wouldn't've expected different from Gaddafi.
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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    This is terrible, but I wouldn't've expected different from Gaddafi.
    Is it Gaddafi or one of his children? From my understanding one of the children is a member of the national security advisors. So this could be more of the work of his son than Gaddafi himself. Because if Gaddafi loses power his son won't ascend into the role of dictator which is what he wants.

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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    This is an awful situation and it will only get wose before it gets better.

    If the people had the right to "KEEP AND BARE ARMS" the outcome would be much different.

    At least they could fight back.

    You do understand that in countries like Algeria and Libya and a few others, that those arms would not be exclusively used against the government right? And that one thing these governments have wrestled with for a long time is Sunni/Shia violence.

    But yes, I see no negative outcome that could come out of the fall or temporary breakdown of a strong central government, and a population armed to the teeth that hate eachother...

    Just saying

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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    Quote Originally Posted by Gray_Fox_86 View Post
    Is it Gaddafi or one of his children? From my understanding one of the children is a member of the national security advisors. So this could be more of the work of his son than Gaddafi himself. Because if Gaddafi loses power his son won't ascend into the role of dictator which is what he wants.
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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    You do understand that in countries like Algeria and Libya and a few others, that those arms would not be exclusively used against the government right? And that one thing these governments have wrestled with for a long time is Sunni/Shia violence.

    But yes, I see no negative outcome that could come out of the fall or temporary breakdown of a strong central government, and a population armed to the teeth that hate eachother...

    Just saying
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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    The Libyan dictatorship is particularly brutal. It relies heavily on mercenaries who have no vested interest in Libya's people and that's no coincidence. The Gaddafi dictatorship is cruel and unresponsive to the needs of Libya's people. It has designed its security forces (through heavy use of mercenaries) to the extent that their only loyalty is to the regime that pays them. Sadly, this brutal outcome does not surprise me.

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