Calls For A National Demonstration February 17th, 2007
The British Libyan Solidarity Campaign
Calls For A National Demonstration February 17th 2007
To Commemorate The First Anniversary Of The Benghazi Massacre
In February 2006 Libyans gathered outside the Italian Consulate in reaction to the Italian reform minister, Roberto Calderoli wearing a T-shirt depicting the Danish racist cartoons that caused an outcry from the Muslim world earlier this year.
Feelings were running high in Benghazi, a City that has suffered more than most during the 37 year rule of the Libyan Dictator, Col. Muammer Gaddafi’s Dictatorship. The City had suffered the tragedy of an outbreak of Aids amongst its children due to appalling hygiene standards on the Children’s ward of Benghazi hospital and Gaddafi had tried to cover up the story by creating a diversion and accusing 5 Bulgarian Health Workers and a Palestinian Doctor of purposefully injecting the children with the HIV virus even though they arrived a year after the children were infected.
The anger outside the Embassy was not only about the cartoons, but turned into an angry anti-regime demonstration. Gaddafi who is secular and an enemy of fundamentalists ordered the Police to throw teargas grenades and opened fire with live ammunition on the 1,000 demonstrators. The outcome was 11 protestors died and many more were wounded. Up until a few years ago, Gaddafi was part of the “Axis of Evil”, there were denouncements regarding political prisoners, torture, freedom of the press, the death penalty. Then one day of October 2004 Silvio Berlusconi went to Tripoli and he defined Gaddafi as “a great friend of mine and of Italy. Gaddafi is the leader of liberty.” Direct quote. Blair also went to Libya in 2004 to shake hands with Gaddafi. The regime hadn’t changed but there was the discovery of enormous reserves of oil and gas in Libya.
No one spoke out against this Massacre.
The West systematically looks the other way and then shakes hands with Gaddafi to secure more contracts for the oil companies.
The BLSC demands that the British Government stops collaborating with the Dictatorship and dissolves the Memorandum of Understanding between Libya and Britain.
Libyan Solidarity March and Rally
Saturday 17th February
Assemble 12.00 noon
12 noon assemble
12.15 Hand in petition to No 10 Downing Street
12.30 Move off to Hyde Park
2.00 pm arrive in Hyde Park for Rally
3.00pm Rally Ends
3.30pm clear park
JOIN IN SOLIDARITY + JOIN IN THE PROTEST +
DEMONSTRATE 17TH FEBRUARY 2007
For more info call:078 282 44897or 0797 425 4668