Libyan Army Fatal Attacks on Peaceful and Non-Violent Protesters

February 20, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

The Arab world is rocked by the peaceful and non-violent protests determined to end autocratic rule in the region.

According to the news reports – the governments in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen are using firearms against their citizens in the violent crackdowns to quell pro-democracy peace rally.

From Libya – The peaceful protester account to CNN on Saturday February 19, 2011 while pleading for help clarified that the Libyan Army lied to the crowd by posing as their sympathizers then turned around and fired at the unarmed civilians in a reproachable response to anti-government peaceful assembly.

Earlier on the news reports revealed the aerial shooting from the helicopters resulting in more casualties thus far.

The governments’ deceitful tactics is a cowardly act deserving worldwide indignation.

International community can no longer be silent spectators to the government brutal attacks against peaceful dissent.

It is clear from the ground activities in the capital city Tripoli and other metropolitan areas like Benghazi that –

Libya’s Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi and Brigadier General Salih Rajab al-Mismari currently serving as Secretary of the General People’s Committee of Libya for Public Security are directly responsible for the merciless killing of more than 300 people with at least 15 others fatally shot at the funeral in the latest government violence against the citizens.

Muammar Gaddafi like most dictatorships assumed power in a coup d’état and has remained in office against republic will for nearly 42 years and the leader is quoted to have stated the following:

• “I am an international leader, the dean of the Arab rulers, the king of kings of Africa and the imam (leader) of Muslims, and my international status does not allow me to descend to a lower level.”

“There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory without swords, without guns, without conquests.”

The Libyan leader is fairly accurate on the latter recognition of victory to peace and non-violence.

It is evident from the latest developments across West Asia that despotism displayed with military might and backed by economic supremacy heading for a major downfall despite causing innocent beings’ bloodshed to salvage the ruthless rule.

It is an ominous warning for the presumptuous powers having persecuted their citizens for decades and the public pledge to terminate totalitarianism in any format represents the reality.

The autocracy in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and the Egyptian military rule operating under global powers’ influence are challenged with their imminent decline.

Hence the use of force against peaceful and non-violent movement for political transformation would only precipitate their departure faced with public humiliation against the choice to honor the citizens’ call to step down in dignity in spite of the atrocity towards the people.

As stated earlier the Tunisian as well as Egyptian overthrow of dictatorial powers are the beginning of the end to authoritarianism that has been too convenient for the disguised terror groups with individual agenda to dominate the domains through permanent oppression.

The domino effects across the Middle East has indeed upset the apple cart for the existing monopoly of power misguided by the illusory status leading to the long overdue fundamental change coming to fruition via people power.

Therefore the heads of the state in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and their allies are cautioned to refrain from physical assaults using live ammunitions, metal plated rubber bullets, truncheons or tear gas against peaceful and non-violent revolution.

Every blow to an unprotected civilian means accumulating the self-burden of crimes against humanity prompting appropriate expulsion of the perpetrators not to mention the devastating impact upon the last judgment.

Meanwhile, the people across the Middle East – Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Algeria, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and,

Palestinians in besieged Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem considering the recent U.S. veto on the condemnation of illegal settlements in Palestinian territories are –

Requested to continue the peaceful and non-violent demonstration progressing to takeover the state controlled communication media center, key government buildings and the undemocratic authorities’ residential palace.

Please remember to exercise restraint and never to resort to anarchy for the positive outcome possible only with peace and non-violence.

Again the brave patriots’ sacrifice and the revolutions’ remarkable resilience would not be in vain due to inevitable success to people power.

The embattled powers’ unscrupulous methods are guaranteed to backfire at them.

It is important to galvanize national support among citizens and gain momentum to expedite the drastic political evolution.

Military and security personnel abused by dictatorships as mindless servitudes are urged to lay down their arms and defend the people instead of attacking them.

Solidarity within society including the military loyalty to the nation rather than the authoritarian power would be effective in rising against the repressive regimes.

Civilians fighting for their natural rights and economic progress are close to prevailing over the decadent powers.

It is essential to maintain a unified voice firmly committed to seize power from the reluctant authorities dealing with incredible trepidation on the nearing conclusion of the oppressive era.

Please do not relent to any pressure from the belligerent authority or their agents.

Libyans, Yemenis, Bahrainis, Iranians, Egyptians… would benefit from rejecting false assurances and government procrastination in the transfer of power to civilian rule.

Please March forward and claim what is rightfully yours – respectful existence with political rights, civil liberty, social equality and economic opportunity.

On that inspirational note signing off – Wishing steel resolve and indomitable spirit for the revolutions’ triumph throughout Middle East and North Africa.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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