Gaddafi Brings Mercenaries to Libya
to Mow Down Demonstrators
by C . L. Cook
For those who wondered what Egypt would have looked like had Mubarak and the military not backed down, the scene is playing out in the streets of Tripoli, Benghazi, and across the North African nation today.
Al Jazeera English has relayed pictures of the dead and wounded, targeted by tanks, helicopters, and heavy machine guns. The sometimes gruesome images are being relayed through Youtube, cell phones, and other so-called social media. Many of the dead and injured were killed when security forces opened fire on funerals this morning.
Reports of African mercenaries being loosed on the people were confirmed in at least one disturbing video of what appeared to be a soldier beaten to insensibility, if not death.
Reports from cell phones relate at least 900 demonstrators wounded and killed Saturday, and hospitals overwhelmed.
[UPDATES: Rumours are swirling Sunday, some saying Gaddafi has left the country... Meanwhile, despot leader Gaddafi's son, Saif El Islam Gaddafi is appearing on Libyan State TV suggesting the uprising is comprised of foreigners, Islamists, legal and "illegal" immigrants, and their stooges, bribed by drugs and money to overthrow the government. He denies mercenaries brought in by government to kill citizens, etc. Some links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj4MwJ7omVo and
The Libyan government has shut down internet service for the country, while official spokespersons say the demonstrations are a foreign plot by enemies of the state.
As in Egypt and Bahrain, the security forces employed snipers, who fired from rooftops and high windows on unarmed citizens below.
For all its brutality, the numbers coming out into the streets are increasing in both Libya and Bahrain.
Meanwhile, rallies were seen in Kuwait and again in Yemen and Algeria today.
As with the Egyptian mobilization, the internet social network Twitter is proving a vital source of news coming from within the countries effected, and among the many supporters of those demonstrator's aims around the world. Some report military transport planes from Austria arrived in Libya early this morning, though confirmation is difficult to come by.
Sympathy demonstrations took place in Canada today in the country's capital, Ottawa, with more expected around the world.