UK Solidarity with Libya and the Middle East!

Posted: 27/02/2011 by Eddie Unity in Africa, Asia, From UK, Occupation Updates, Solidarity!, UK Actions
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Solidarity With Libya! Marches across the UK

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Thousands Protest as Libya Attacks Libyans

Thousands joined the protest outside the Libyan Embassy this evening, before marching on Downing Street.. The Socialist Worker reports that 10 coaches travelled from Manchester alone, and that some protestors have declared that they will spend the night outside the Embassy. More joined protests outside Downing Street.

Protests have been held on a daily basis since Sunday, and plans are afoot for the largest yet on Sunday 27th Feb, if Gadaffi manages to hold onto power for that long. This afternoon Qadaffi made another appearance on Libyan State TV. In a rambling speech he called on his supporters to attack the pro-democracy protestors and vowed to die a martyr. Declaring that “Libya wants glory, Libya wants to be at the pinnacle, at the pinnacle of the world”, he again accused the west of providing mind-altering drugs to the protestors.

Later students at London School of Economics occupied the Senior Common Room in protest at the links between the university and the Gaddafi regime. Although LSE suspended its Libya funded programmes yesterday, the students are demanding that the funding that LSE received should be returned “to the people of Libya”.

Yesterdays protest outside the Embassy saw the Libyan flag removed and replaced with the Libyan Independence Flag.

Hizb ut-Tahrir turned up at Sunday’s protest, and such was the displeasure of the protesters, that police cordoned off a seperate area for them.

Tomorrow’s protest will start from 3pm outside the Libyan Embassy 15 Knightsbridge London SW1X 7LY


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International response gathers

Guardian

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No-fly zone or sanctions among options being considered as world bids to force Libyan leader to end the violence

International efforts to respond to the Libyan crisis are gathering pace under US leadership after a still defiant Muammar Gaddafi launched counterattacks to defend Tripoli against the popular uprising now consolidating its hold on the liberated east of the country.

The White House said Barack Obama planned to call David Cameron and France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, to discuss possible actions, including a no-fly zone or sanctions to force the Libyan leader to end the violence. Switzerland said it had frozen Gaddafi’s assets.

Gaddafi, in power for 42 years, has used aircraft, tanks and foreign mercenaries in eight days of violence that has killed hundreds in the bloodiest of the uprisings to shake the Arab world. Up to 2,000 people may have died, it was claimed by a senior French human rights official.

But there was no sign Gaddafi was prepared to change course. In another semi-coherent and abusive speech on Thursday, he accused protesters of being drugged and agents of al-Qaida. “Their ages are 17. They give them pills at night, they put hallucinatory pills in their drinks, their milk, their coffee, their Nescafé,” he said in a telephone interview with Libyan state TV – suggesting he may already have left his heavily guarded Tripoli compound.

It only boosted the growing impression that he is desperate and out of touch with reality. “This is the speech of a dead man,” said Said el-Gareeny in the eastern city of Benghazi, which is now in opposition hands.

“People always warn about al-Qaida and say this will become an Islamic state … to get support from western countries. This isn’t true. The Libyan people are free. That’s it.”

Cameron will take personal charge of efforts to set up convoys, protected by the military, able to evacuate British and other citizens stranded in camps in the Libyan desert amid growing fears that they could be taken hostage. The Foreign Office estimates there are 150 Britons, mostly oil workers and support staff, stranded in remote and isolated camps scattered over a large distance.

A possible airlift by special forces will also be examined. The defence secretary, Liam Fox, said he was co-ordinating a response with Nato as well as looking at the state of Libyan air defences and the risk they pose to UK forces. British special forces are in Malta, with some reports that they are in Tripoli.

Heavy fighting was reported from the important town of al-Zawiya, 35 miles west of Tripoli, while armoured units commanded by Gaddafi’s son Khamis and other loyalist forces were deployed eastwards along the coastal road towards Misurata, the country’s third largest city and a major port – said to be in the hands of rebels who are now equipped with heavy weapons.

Reports from Libya said between 23 and 100 people had been killed in al-Zawiya, which controls the western approaches to Tripoli.

Medical sources in the capital reported that the corpses of those killed in recent days and injured patients were removed from the Tripoli medical centre and another hospital.

Witnesses said they had been taken to Mitiga military airport. “They are trying to hide the evidence and cleaning up the streets and telling people to go to work,” said one man. “But from dusk onwards it’s a ghost town.”

In eastern Libya, many soldiers have now withdrawn from active service and some are supporting the revolt, with a former Gaddafi minister helping to organise the next stage of the uprising.


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Brighton Demo in Solidarity with Libya

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Solidarity with the Middle Eastern and North African Uprisings

Demonstrate 4.30pm Friday 25th February 2010, Old Steine, Brighton

Over the last eleven days the people of Libya, inspired by revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia and uprisings spreading across the Middle East and North Africa, have risen up against the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi. The regime has responded by shutting down phone and internet networks, attacking protests and massacring their own population from the air and with hired mercenaries. The casualties are not yet known but those murdered are estimated at 1000.

On Friday 25th Libyan dissidents have called for a day of rage against the regime – We are here to stand in solidarity with them…

The Libyan uprising is a people’s rebellion aimed at shaking off state repression. While the UK has been preaching rapprochement with Libya and peddling crowd control equipment and riot shields to the Libyan police the Libyan people have been suffering under a brutal dictatorship.

In Egypt, recipient of $1.5 billion annually of US funding and armed by the UK, the people toppled the thirty year regime of Hosni Mubarak through a popular revolution. Their struggle for liberation was not only against the Mubarak regime but against US imperialism. The Egyptian military has now taken control and called for an end to strikes and protests. However, their revolution is ongoing and deserves our solidarity

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Gaddafi Out! Protest on the streets of Bradford

Indy

A large group of protestors gathered outside the Alhambra theatre in Bradford to protest against the murder of hundreds of anti-government activists in Libya and to call for the removal from power of the countrys dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi. At the time of writing, around 50 Bradford residents had already gathered and their numbers were continuing to grow.

The protest in Bradford has assembled as Gaddafi’s security forces continue their brutal crackdown on the people of Libya, who are calling for freedom from a dictatorship that has perservered in the country since 1969. The uprising began on the 13th January 2011 and is continuing.

The latest reports put the death toll at a minimum of 300 people, with the latest confirmed death being that of an 18 month old boy. Gaddafi’s son has vowed to “fight to the last bullet”, but this has not deterred the mounting numbers of people taking to the streets daily or their determination for the people to take the country back.

The crowd demonstrating in Bradford could be heard chanting “Gaddafi out” as far away as the town hall as many finished work and converged outside the Alhambra theatre, opposite the council offices, in cold and wet weather. Several people were waving large Libyan flags, and many others held up hand made signs calling for justice for those killed.

One held up a sign with pictures of various western heads of state including David Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama, red tape placed over their mouths. One of the protestors pointed to the sign and explained:

“They are also to blame for this massacre. For 4 days they have said nothing and allowed it to go on. And for what? For oil?”

When asked what the Libyan people wanted, if it was just for Gaddafi to step down, a protestor replied:

“We want him removed from power, but we do not want him to leave Libya. We want justice for all that he has done. The Libyan people should decide that justice.”

“He is killing our people. They, we are not his people. He has brought in outsiders with helicopters”

Some of those on the protest were as young as 8 years old and held banners with the words “Gaddafi out” written on them. The majority of those present were local Bradford residents of Libyan descent, though other people from a variety of Bradfords communities had already joined the protest in solidarity.

When asked if the protests happening now in Libya and elsewhere had been inspired by what had happened in Egypt and elsewhere recently, the reply was terse:

“42 years we have suffered. For 42 years we have wanted freedom from this dictator. We have seen now that this is possible after what has happened elsewhere, now it is our turn. We finally have a real chance to free ourselves after all this time.”

Similar protests have been happening across the North of England and around the world in response to the growing numbers of innocent people killed by the Libyan government as the uprising continues.

The demonstration in Bradford is particularly appropriate since there is a local link to the massacre there: WS Atkins Global (LS15 8ZB). Atkins has an department called Design and Engineering Solutions that is divided into various business sectors, namely Defence, Aerospace…. Atkins is the largest UK engineering consultancy in the Middle East.

“WS Atkins also expects to play a role in redeveloping Tripoli’s two airports as part of a larger BAE Systems contract. A senior source at BAE said negotiations with the Libyan government centred on a complete and detailed revamp of its aviation sector, including the creation of regulatory bodies, refurbishment of airports, installation of air-traffic control systems and the sale of aircraft.”

source: http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/article1052596.ece

“When I first started coming to Libya two years ago I was the only Brit on the plane,” says Atkins director John Cherrington. “Now look at it.”

Flights to Tripoli are currently jammed with British businessmen, but Atkins got in early. It was approached by the Libyan Football Federation in 2002, and shortly after began work on a hotel resort for it. Later it developed the LFF’s bid to co-host the 2010 World Cup with Tunisia.

Other Links:

“Day of Rage”: Libyan solidarity in Londonhttp://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2011/02/474359.html

Vigil Friday 18th for those killed in Bahrain & Libya http://bristol.indymedia.org/article/703398

Sheffield protest against repression in Libyahttp://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2011/02/474559.html

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Bradford Protests Continue

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Protests in solidarity with those being massacred in the anti-government uprising in Libya are continuing outside the Alhambra theatre in Bradford city centre.

The crowd of around 30-50 people could again be heard from as far away as centenary square as they demanded justice for those killed by Gaddafi, and the freedom of their country.

Protestors waved flags and chanted as they spoke to passers by about why they were there. Demonstrations are expected to continue as the uprising is ongoing.


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Libyan Demo outside Welsh Assembley

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Approx 150 held noisy demo outside Welsh assembly building. There were also Egytians, Tunisians present to showsupport with the people of Libya.

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Cardiff Demo in support of Libyan uprising

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