With the growing unrest in Libya, people all over the world started to question the means of the Libyan government to quench the violent uprising. The tumultuous uprising prompted migrant workers including Filipinos to a massive exodus in order to avoid the conflict.
Huge crowd of anti government protesters swarmed in the nation‚Äôs capital to protest against the authoritarian leadership of its formidable leader, Moammar Gaddafi. The unrest which occurred nearly two weeks ago has killed at least 1,000 people and caused 100,000 migrant workers to flee the North African state. Various outskirts and oil field outside the capital had already fallen in the ands of the opposition. Because of the growing strife, UN Human Rights Council had raised an alarm over “humanitarian emergency” with the method of how the government had handled protesters. Gaddafi was reported to have commanded his group to conduct air strikes and open fire to quench protestors. Such move had angered and American and European leaders who called for Gaddafi to step down.
Amidst all these, Gaddafi remains repentant and in denial about the obvious unrest among his people. When interviewed by international war journalist, he had nonchalantly brushed and laughed off the issue. Such indifference to the bloody riot in his country had offended millions of viewers and mocked the dictator as ‚Äúdelusional.‚Äù Gadaffi shrugged off the glaring truth and simply denied that there is unrest in his nation.
“They love me. All my people with me. They love me all. They would die to protect me,” the veteran Libyan leader said, speaking in halting English in an interview with Western media shown on the BBC’s world news website.
“No demonstrations at all in the streets,” claimed Gaddafi, who has ruled his north African country for more than 41 years. “No one is against us, against me for what?”
His words were widely condemned by UN nations and various leaders voiced out their outrage. They all together call for Gaddafi to step down.
“The people of Libya have made themselves clear: it is time for Gaddafi to go — now, without further violence or delay,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a UN Human Rights Council meeting on Libya in Geneva. Clinton echoed the calls of world leaders, including President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, for him to quit.
“First we have to see the end of his regime and with no further bloodshed,” she said, noting Washington was eager for his ouster “as soon as possible.”
“We want him to leave.”