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Libya - 130 soldiers executed

2011-02-23 22:40

Paris - At least 640 people have been killed in Libya in protests against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi since they started last week, the International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR) said on Wednesday.

The figure is more than double the official Libyan government toll of 300 dead, and includes 275 dead in Tripoli and 230 dead in the protest epicentre in the eastern city of Benghazi, the IFHR's Souhayr Belhassen told AFP.

The Benghazi toll includes "130 soldiers who were executed by their officers in Benghazi for refusing to fire on crowds" of protesters, she said.

Belhassen, who heads the Paris-based IFHR, said the toll was based on military sources for Tripoli and on Libyan rights groups assessments in Benghazi and elsewhere.

The Libyan government said on Tuesday that 300 people had died in the protests, including 111 soldiers.

Comments
  • Brandon96end - 2011-02-23 23:10

    NIIIIIIICE. And our halfwit government cannot take a stance? u^)u(*^*&%(&*%(^%$*%^$*%*&^)*^p(&u)*u{i}{i)*^(*$&^#. Duh.

      wilhelmthiem - 2011-02-24 06:31

      But they are quick to condem Israel

      jean.dutoit - 2011-02-24 06:55

      Birds of a feather...

      lordwabbitspam - 2011-02-24 07:01

      @IBI yeah they want to rise up and throw down the oppressive ANC regime, oh wait they are the ANC. I think they are scared that if they back the ousting of the current government in Libya, all the people who are unhappy with the current lack of service delivery (ie. every squatter camp in ZA) will start rioting and demand the replacement of the current ANC leadership.

      Stevie - 2011-02-24 08:12

      They can't take sides yet. No-one can, because Libya has oil.

      diranp - 2011-02-24 08:13

      How can you compare the ANC government to Gaddafi and his government? Does the ANC go around killing DA supporters? We can compare Gaddafi to Hitler, Robert Mugabe is crazy,but Gaddafi is crazy on a whole new level. What do you want our government to do, send our army to fight off Gaddafi? That man is mad, he will start a war with our country,he's not even worried about the USA, do you think his bothered about the South African army

      Only Truth - 2011-02-24 08:32

      Well said Diramp, how do we expect this lunatic to listen to us when He can't even listen to the US and UN? Please people, let's be realistic and stop blaming ANC for everything. ANC governs South Africa, not the whole of Africa. I don't remember Gaddafi or any other African leader sending his troops here during our Apartheid days, people stood up against what they believed was an oppressive rule and eventually change did come, so let the Libyans do the same.

  • hollochris - 2011-02-24 05:15

    Amazing how politicians become a law unto themselves, disgusting lowlife animals. Hope there is a bullet for Gaddafi too.

  • j.malemmer - 2011-02-24 05:48

    Why take a stance as what is happening is things you would want to do? It is the AFRICAN way.

  • Blood_Doll - 2011-02-24 07:05

    It seems the geniuses are up early today. I don't see the correlation between race, our halfwit government and what that insane despot is doing. The man is a megalomaniac of epic proportions and will hold on to power by any means necessary - that has nothing to do with his race. See Hitler. As for our government not doing anything - if you're paying attention to what's happening then you'll note that no government of ANY country is doing anything besides spewing political rhetoric. And if the AU does ask, say, Mbeki, to mediate then you people bitch about using our tax money to pay for his visits. I suggest you do what the foreign nationals in Libya are doing - flee. For surely Africa can do no right and the white man is to blame for everything. I'm sure you can claim political asylum for paranoia.

      daaivark - 2011-02-24 07:15

      I agree, Blood_Doll.

      Hugh - 2011-02-24 07:37

      SA is supposed to hold the moral high ground in Africa. The ANC says so. That being the case should we not expect a comment. SA too is the only country not to provide assistance to its citizens. They talk a lot but hardly action. WHY?

      SnowBeard - 2011-02-24 07:41

      No point in using sarcasm Blood_Doll. Just call them what they are - half wits.

      Roxor - 2011-02-25 00:47

      i always wondered why Malema after crying for the nasalizing of mines also wanted ancyl to join the army.They know they need one when there owen ppl stand up to them ,all dictators wants an army even they not at war

  • Kiewiet52 - 2011-02-24 07:35

    Take out Gaddafi & his son!!!Problem solved!!!

      Ross - 2011-02-24 09:04

      6 Sons that has(d) direct access to the treasury. These useless oxygen thieves threw some of the best parties in the history of mankind.

  • Dieter Schuffenhauer - 2011-02-24 07:38

    Why were Iraq, Somalia, Liberia, Kosovo etc not regarded as "...internal matters..." but Zimbabwe, Libya etc are regarded as such?

      jiamalunga - 2011-02-24 07:55

      Cause they support the leaders/dictators of those countries....

      Will2.0 - 2011-02-24 08:44

      Excuse my ignorance, but what did we do in Iraq, Somalia, Liberia and Kosovo?

  • Madelane - 2011-02-24 07:44

    And so the Gadaffi madness deepens.....this is the same individual that our esteemed 'government' hold in such high esteem.....

      DW - 2011-02-24 09:20

      Including our beloved Nelson Mandela....

  • lawnservicebobs - 2011-02-24 07:54

    Much respect to these soldiers who were executed for not opening fire on their countrymen. True heroes.

  • dawiej - 2011-02-24 07:56

    south africa cant provide assistance. they need the money for te gravy train ...

  • Malcolm - 2011-02-24 08:26

    By not taking a stance the government are condoning this violence. The ANC are a law unto themselves just like Gaddafi is a law unto himself. They are all cut from the same cloth!

  • SaligSondaar - 2011-02-24 08:40

    Come on African Union - show some integrity for a change and condemn this OUTRAGE! (I am not holding my breath...)

      tony_w - 2011-02-24 11:15

      http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Gruesome-footage-of-corpses-in-Libya-20110223# Jon4plk: "Last one,last time I checked Libya contributes 30 % of the African Union budget"

  • Janine - 2011-02-24 08:56

    When you look at this situation and what happened in Egypt suddenly our problems in SA don't look so bad.

      Ross - 2011-02-24 09:30

      What is happening in Libya is a crime against humanity. However, if we assume he murdered say 1300 of his people then it equals 26 day's of murders in South Africa. Our problems do look bad.

  • Ross - 2011-02-24 09:00

    This is the chap that helped oppose apartheid and look how he treats his own people, like trash. The same applies to the criminal mugabe.

      DW - 2011-02-24 09:23

      Yes well. Double standards are fine. Anyone who opposed apartheid can do no wrong in the ANC's eyes, no matter how bad they are. He was happy to oppose apartheid for his own ends. Was hoping to get his hands on the mineral wealth. It had nothing whatsoever to his opposition to human rights abuses. The sooner the ANC and their supporters realise this, the better...but not going to happen, is it?

  • brokennews - 2011-02-24 09:43

    FYI most of Libya's investments are sitting in western countries like Italy, the UK and the USA. They should be taking actions first before we expect our own gov to do anything. This is despite the fact that the Libyans killed off their citizens not so long ago. Get a proper perspective before you start trashing the SA gov.

      allanjhb - 2011-02-25 05:27

      anc is the main benefactor of trade agreements between the two countries and our deployed cadre's and their families are the main beneficiaries

  • Mikea - 2011-02-24 10:22

    Dictatorship in its rawist form. Mugabe etc. Too much power and too much money. Watch this space for SA!!!

  • Johnny - 2011-02-24 11:03

    SAD BUT TRUE "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." This quotation was from a letter from John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834-1902) to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887. Lord Acton then stated: "Great men are almost always bad men." Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_%27power_corrupts_and_absolute_power_corrupts_absolutely%27_mean#ixzz1Erhw69N4

  • Bostjan - 2011-02-24 11:04

    OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH…WHO, WHY, AND HOW RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO AUSTRALIAN FLOODS – ARIZONA SHOOTING – WIKILEAKS is CIA - ESKIMO SARAH PALIN'S "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE" -- BREAST FEEDING INSANITY -- CIVIL RIOTS IN ARAB COUNTRIES http://avsecbostjan.areavoices.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com NEWS - MEDIA or simply BIG FAT WORLD OF LIES !!??? WHAT IS IT !!?? http://www.causes.com/causes/575745 NWO POLITICAL PARTIES (REP vs DEM..boy were you sold) http://www.causes.com/causes/576196 OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH…WHO, WHY, AND HOW RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO AUSTRALIAN FLOODS – ARIZONA SHOOTING – WIKILEAKS is CIA - ESKIMO SARAH PALIN'S "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE" -- BREAST FEEDING INSANITY -- CIVIL RIOTS IN ARAB COUNTRIES http://avsecbostjan.areavoices.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com NEWS - MEDIA or simply BIG FAT WORLD OF LIES !!??? WHAT IS IT !!?? http://www.causes.com/causes/575745 NWO - Multiculturalism POLITICAL PARTIES http://www.causes.com/causes/576196

      Bill - 2011-02-24 22:10

      Another caps lock maniac!

  • Bostjan - 2011-02-24 11:06

    OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH…WHO, WHY, AND HOW RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO AUSTRALIAN FLOODS – ARIZONA SHOOTING – WIKILEAKS is CIA - ESKIMO SARAH PALIN'S "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE" -- BREAST FEEDING INSANITY -- CIVIL RIOTS IN ARAB COUNTRIES http://avsecbostjan.areavoices.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com NEWS - MEDIA or simply BIG FAT WORLD OF LIES !!??? WHAT IS IT !!?? http://www.causes.com/causes/575745 NWO POLITICAL PARTIES (REP vs DEM..boy were you sold) http://www.causes.com/causes/576196 OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH…WHO, WHY, AND HOW RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO AUSTRALIAN FLOODS – ARIZONA SHOOTING – WIKILEAKS is CIA - ESKIMO SARAH PALIN'S "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE" -- BREAST FEEDING INSANITY -- CIVIL RIOTS IN ARAB COUNTRIES http://avsecbostjan.areavoices.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com NEWS - MEDIA or simply BIG FAT WORLD OF LIES !!??? WHAT IS IT !!?? http://www.causes.com/causes/575745 NWO - Multiculturalism POLITICAL PARTIES http://www.causes.com/causes/576196

  • Trevor - 2011-02-24 12:14

    Hmmm...this is the signs of a worldwide revolutuion aginst poverty!!!imagine what the spiking oil price is going to do to the food prices!! "ANC your judgement day is coming a lot quicker than you ever imagined!!the poor are going to see right thru your lies".

  • Tchaik - 2011-02-24 17:36

    Anyone ever heard of the "International prize for human rights"? It was started by our dear friend, Gadaffi... Dear Lord!

  • gvdmvdm - 2011-02-24 22:06

    Wait a minute. Our friend Muammar is one of the chief sponsors of the ANC election campaigns, right? HE has also given the odd bod a couple of bob (Bob?) to fight the forces of evil (not to mention the Kalashnikovs and other toys). But he hasn't become a bad guy overnight. He's had years of practice. The previous Minister of Justice in Libya claims The Leader personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing. Surprised? He has been following in the footsteps of Hitler, Stalin, etc. - being the Great Leader and admired by the developing world's leaders who have received financial gain from his enormous, amassed wealth. Shame, don't expect these guys to denounce him all of a sudden. At least they should have the balls of the Nicaraguan president. He sent a message of support to Qaddafi, because he is a true freedom fighter (he fights his own people for his freedom...) So hey Julius, why don't you guys lead us in a revolutionary song from the Green Book? Or didn't your Youth Summit (or whatever you called your multimillion Rand spend-a-thon) trigger the Libyan event, too?

  • matthews.nicholas - 2011-02-24 23:35

    Now I am really upset. Imagine giving the youth hallucinogenic drugs in their coffee to alter the manner of their behavior? I have to use my hard earned cash to get anything like that and more often than not the quality isn't great anyway. Give me 10 grams of 2CI and I'll join your revolution. The only person madder than me on this web page is Gaddafi and that takes some beating! On a more serious note, I really didn't have any idea that our brothers and sisters living in the North of Africa were so disenchanted. I don't follow North African politics because it bores me, but now I feel as though we, in our own ways, need to support those citizens ruled by despots and dictators, but how? The land north of our border comes to mind.....

  • cp - 2011-02-25 00:49

    It is disgusting that SA has not made it's position known about Libya. Everyone wants the US to make it's position known in every conflict on the planet, but SA, obviously part of the continent, chooses to be quiet on this one. The ANC always wanted world outrage under the Apartheid government for any human abuse, which never remotely amounted to what is happening in Libya now, yet they cannot find the guts to support these protestors hoping for a better life. Oh, that's right it was this oppressive regime that was supporting them in years past - funny how the world turns.

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