(The following article, Niagara At Large hopes you read, was written by Zainab Elghul, a 17-year-old Canadian living in Thorold, Ontario and of Libyan descent who is hoping Canada and the rest of the world join Libyans in demanding that Gaddafi “stop committing crimes against (his country’s people) and step down.”)
By Zainab Elghul
What is happening in Libya is no longer a peaceful protest for change of government and it is no longer a violent crackdown on peaceful protestors; it is a massacre and it has been even described as genocide!
Unarmed people in Libya are being shot by machine guns, and the use of warplanes has been numerously attempted and as a result the numbers of the innocent people dying are countless! The numbers of the killed Libyans that are currently disclosed are not close to the real number of the Libyans killed.
People in Libya, especially in Tripoli, are unable to leave their homes for food and medical care! Girls and women of all ages are being raped and dead bodies are filling the streets!
Just a day ago dead bodies overcrowded the streets and hospitals of Tripoli; the streets and the hospitals of Tripoli have now been cleaned by Gaddafi’s people and the bodies have been burned in order for the media to enter the city and find no remnants of Gaddafi and his regime’s crimes in Tripoli. However, Gaddafi has forgotten that the world is still able to witness his crimes in all the other cities of Libya.
What is happening in Libya is very similar to what has happened previously in Rwanda in how the people are being killed and how it is taking the world so long to join the Libyan people in their demand for Gaddafi to stop committing crimes against their population and to step down.
The following quotes from Muammar Gaddafi’s speech on February 22nd, 2011 prove that he is not willing to end the massacre and he is willing to start genocide (if it has not already started) on the Libyan people! His statements prove that the crimes that he has already committed are nothing compared to what he is going to do!
Quote 1: “I am a fighter, a revolutionary from tents…I will die as a martyr at the end,”
Quote 2: “Muammar Gaddafi is the leader of the revolution, I am not a president to step down… This is my country. Muammar is not a president to leave his post.”
Quote 3: “I have not yet ordered the use of force, not yet ordered one bullet to be fired…when I do, everything will burn.”
In his speech on February 22nd, 2011, Muammar Gaddafi also called on the people to “cleanse Libya house by house” unless protestors on the streets surrender. In addition, Muammar Gaddafi clearly stated in his speech on February 22nd, 2011 that the international community will not intervene to stop him from using extreme force against opposition in the cities of Derna and Bayda, similar to how they did not intervene when Russia and China used state force.
There is no excuse for us to not act. Later when it is over, and large numbers of people have died, we will not have anything to say and we will not be able to defend ourselves and make excuses for not acting; we will be just as guilty as Gaddafi and his regime because we just sat and watched!
An apology after it is over will do nothing; saying never again will be said and forgotten! Vicious people, like Gaddafi, will take advantage of our silence now to further commit crimes against humanity and we will hear of those crimes and we will not act until it is too late. Our action will only be through words; we will apologize and say never again, and then we will find ourselves locked in a circle with no way out.
Please note the following:
Last Sunday (February 20) there was a rally at Dundas Square in Toronto and there is another one this coming Saturday, February 26 starting at 12 p.m. at the same location, Yonge and Dundas to support all the Libyans in Libya who are being brutally victimized.
The youth in Libya have taken a strong stance in fighting for their freedom and human rights and we encourage all Canadian youth to come out and support the youth in Libya. Change in Libya will come through the perseverance of the Libyan youth and the support and efforts of youth of other countries such as Canada.
We encourage all those who support universal human rights to attend the rally and illustrate their support to the Libyan victims.
Zainab Elghul is a resident of Thorold, Ontario. She is in her last semester at Thorold Secondary School. Next September she will be enrolling in Niagara College’s the Community and Justice Services Program.
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(Contact your federal representatives and demand that our Canadian and U.S. governments take more forceful action against the murderous acts of Libya’s dictator.)