Press Release Thursday 10th February 2011
Thursday 17th February 2011
Libyan Embassy - London
The movement of Intifada sweeping across North African Countries is heading to Libya and on February 17th Protests have been organised by the Libyan people in Tripoli and Benghazi. Only the Libyan People can liberate themselves from 42 years of Dictatorship which has oppressed them, stolen from them, disrespected them and destroyed the infrastructure of their country and the purpose of their lives. And the people are ready for change and ready to take their destiny into their own hands.
The 17th February is a significant date of sorrow for the Libyan People.
In 1987 the Dictator Gaddafi publicly executed young Libyan Oppositionist by hanging them, then played and replayed their executions on National Television to intimidate the oppsotion, leaving the bodies of the young students to rot on the gallows for days.
In 2006 it was the date that 18 protestors were murdered and 700 arrested during peaceful Protests around the Country organised in remembrance of the executed students. Gaddafi’s Regime smashed the protests with an iron fist.
In 2011 it may prove to be the beginning of the end of the Oppressive Regime in Libya and the 17th February could be transformed into a day of celebration as an anniversary of Libya’s Liberation.
To mark the occasion, the British Libyan Solidarity Campaign, along with many other Opposition Groups, will be Protesting outside the Libyan Embassy, Kensington, London in Solidarity with those prepared to put their lives on the line inside Libya. In Tripoli Gaddafi has his local Revolutionary Committee -Laina thawriyya- organising a counter protest with the intention of intimidating, bullying and maybe attacking those brave enough to take to the streets.
Even the London protest has his attention and he has orchestrated 200 Libyan Students who are in the UK studying on grants from the Regime, so have little choice but to obey orders, to come to Kensington to Counter our Demonstration. We will not be intimidated, we will not keep away, we may be attacked but we know we have the security of living in a Free Democracy and we will be protected by the Police and the Press will be able to report any attack. Our Brothers and Sisters have no such security. So we in the West have to be the ears and eyes listening and watching and reporting to the Free World for the Libyan people when Gaddafi’s regime tried to crush them.
The free press index ranks Libya 160th out of 178 nations monitored so we know that the likelihood of any uprising being reported inside Libya is impossible. Gaddafi even closed down You Tube when the families of the massacred 1,200 men from Abu Saleem Prison began to post films about their struggle for Justice on the site. His security forces attempt to control the internet and hack into the Opposition sites and shut them down too, but they are fighting a loosing battle, they can not control modern communications like they controlled TV, Press and radio. This is generation without restrictions on information and we see how it is changing the world.
We call on the British Government to take a hard line when Gaddafi oppresses the protestors – we do not want any quibbling – we want definite statements from the Prime Minister that there will be no tolerance to work with Regimes that murder, torture and imprison without trial their own citizens. We want the MOU between UK and Libya dissolved and we want to see the end of Trade and co-operation until Human Rights are restored.
We will be the ears and eyes to watch over and offer protection to those in Libya!
We are calling on everyone who cares about Human Rights and Civil Liberties to come and join us on the 17th February. Now is the moment, history is in the making, LIBYA WILL BE FREE!
Thursday 17th February 2011
15 Knightsbridge SW1X 7LY
The British-Libyan Solidarity Campaign is holding public protest outside the Libyan Embassy, Hyde Park Corner tube station
Protest 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
17th February marks the 5th anniversary of the Intifada in Benghazi, this year our brothers and sisters in Libya are going out for an uprising against the regime and following the Tunisians and the Egyptians for the end of Gaddafi’s Dictatorship.
We invite you to come to support our struggle for freedom, human rights and justice for the Libyan people.
The protest outside the Libyan Embassy is open to all – Libyans, British, people from all over the world who want to stand up and defend human rights of those living under oppressive regimes. The BLSC calls on the British Government to dissolve the Memorandum of Understanding between Britain and Libya, to demand the freedom of political prisoners held without trial and to demand the end of torture.
We demand the British Government to monitor Gaddafi’s regime and to stop him using violence against the Libyan people, and to respect Geneva Convention on Human Rights.
COME AND JOIN US
FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM
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