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Libya: Violent plans by military alerted as death toll rises
The United Nations and the United States have condemned plans by the Libyan military to cleanse Libya of anti-government elements. The military has described pro-democracy protesters as "terrorist gangs made up mostly of misguided youths," who had been exploited and fed "hallucinogenic pills" by people following foreign agendas. Experts believe this misrepresentation creates a justification for the Libyan military to violently encumber the protests.
The threat of military violence against protesters has raised international concerns and condemnation of the Gaddafi regime. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed "outrage" at reports that the Libyan authorities had been firing at protesters from military aircraft.
Libya’s most senior diplomat in the US Ali Aujali, criticized Col Muammar Gaddafi after he told reporters he did "not support the Gaddafi government killing its people.”
Experts say plans by the new General Committee for Defense to violently eradicate Libya of anti-Gaddafi protesters would constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian law.
Libyan Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ibrahim Dabbashi describes the impending attack on protesters a looming "genocide.”
The US joined "international community in strongly condemning the violence in Libya: "Now is the time to stop this unacceptable bloodshed," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying.
Dabbashi called for international intervention to stop the government’s violent action against street demonstrations in Libya, suggesting the imposition of a no-fly zone over Tripoli, where there have been reports of warplanes attacking protesters.
As the protests continue, reports which claimed that Gaddafi was on his way to Caracas were later refuted after Gaddafi appeared on state TV from outside a ruined building stating: "I am in Tripoli and not in Venezuela."
In his TV appearance, Gaddafi signaled his insolence over a mounting revolt against his 40-year rule.
Democratic institutions are hopeful the mass uprising will finally put an end to Gaddafi’s four-decade rule, but concerns remain high over violence on the road to a successful revolution.
Reports claim up to 400 people have been killed in the longtime leader’s brutal crackdown on protesters.