Sunday, March 27, 2011

Down With Obama! Down With Sarkozy!: Thousands Demonstrate in Mali Against Imperialist Bombing of Libya

Thousands in Mali Demonstrat​e Against Imperialis​t Interventi​on in Libya

March 25, 2011

Mali: Thousands Stand for Qaddafi


Thousands of people marched through Mali’s capital to protest the
Western-led military intervention in Libya and show their support for
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. The crowd marched to the French Embassy and then to the United States Embassy, yelling “Down with Sarkozy! Down with Obama!” Mali has close relations with Libya. Libya’s government has invested heavily in Mali, and Colonel Qaddafi has financed the construction of mosques across the country.

Thousands in Madrid protest military intervention in Libya

MADRID, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of people marched through the streets of the Spanish capital Madrid Saturday evening in protest
against the military intervention in Libya.

The march, which went under the banner 'For the emancipation of the
Arab nations: neither dictators nor imperialists,' was called by human
rights and other social groups.

Organizers highlighted the "hypocrisy" of the countries currently
involved in the military intervention against Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi and the fact that many of them had supported and sold weapons to him, while buying oil and gas from him.

The demonstrators condemned what they consider the imperialist policy that have contributed to social and economic unrest in the Arab world.

Speaking against the military intervention in Libya and the use of
Spain as a launch pad, they also condemned violence against the Libyan people as well as popular groups in Algeria, Morocco, Bahrain, Yemen and Iran.

Western-led strikes keep pounding Libya: Pentagon

WASHINGTON — Western-led strikes in Libya continued apace Saturday with 160 missions flown, compared to 153 a day earlier, the Pentagon said.

Two-thirds of the sorties (96) involved air strikes and the rest were
for no-fly zone enforcement, according to data on the 24 hours ending
Saturday at 1930 GMT, and released by the US Defense Department.

No-fly zone enforcement in the coming days will be handed over to
NATO, while protecting civilians, which includes ground strikes on
Libyan forces, is being done by international coalition forces.

Since March 19, when the military operations began, the coalition has
flown 1,257 sorties, 540 of which included strikes.

The United States was providing most of the military heft with 787
sorties versus a total 470 for the other countries involved at this
point: France, Britain, Canada, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Denmark and

French, US and British air strikes against Kadhafi's regime began a
week ago under a UN Security Council resolution that authorized "all
necessary means" to protect civilians and set up a no-fly zone over
the country.

Moamer Kadhafi's forces meanwhile pounded the rebel-held town of
Misrata, 214 kilometers (132 miles) east of the capital Tripoli, on
Friday and Saturday, leaving several people dead and wounded,
witnesses and rebels told AFP.

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