Amid fear for family, Libyans in US take to streets

By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, February 26, 2011 18:10 EDT
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Amid fear for those caught in the bloodshed in Libya, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Chicago Saturday to voice their disgust with Moamer Kadhafi’s deadly crackdown.

Dozens of protesters gathered in a downtown Chicago plaza on February 21 in support of a mass uprising to put an end to Moamer Kadhafi’s four-decade rule. . Amid fear for those caught in the bloodshed in Libya, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Chicago Saturday to voice their disgust with Moamer Kadhafi’s deadly crackdown.

Chanting “Libya, Libya don’t you cry, we won’t let your freedom die” and “Enough is enough, Kadhafi’s time is up,” they waved monarchist Libyan flags and stomped on posters of the grim-faced dictator.

“We were hoping it would be a victory rally, but he’s a madman holding the country hostage,” said Abdularahman Aduib, 20, a Libyan studying in Chicago.

Much of Aduib’s family is in the western city of Misurata and the last time he was able to reach them they told him mercenaries were patrolling the streets.

“It’s very frightening,” he said, and extremely difficult to be so far away.

“I feel guilty at a rally like this, when my hands get cold I want them to be colder because I feel I must sacrifice for my own country.”

Cars honked in support of the protesters as cold, wet snow fell on signs proclaiming “we stand with Libya” and “solidarity with our loved ones.”

“My brother was shot in the leg after the prayers on Friday,” said a protester who identified himself only as Hamza for fear of reprisal.

While his brother is recovering from the injury, Hamza said Kadhafi has gone too far and has killed too may Libyans to remain in power.

“Just leave and let us live our own lives. It’s 42 years,” he said in disgust.

His friend Emad, who also didn’t want to risk giving his last name, held a sign saying “my siblings are risking life, I can risk scholarship.”

“We’re trying to go back, but the airports are closed,” said Emad, 28, whose brothers have taken to the streets of Gharyan.

Mailik Triana, 25, was also frustrated that he could not get home to join the fight and help protect his family in Misurata.

“I spoke to my sister a couple hours ago and they’re still bombing,” he told AFP.

“For me, you have this excitement that Libya will be free, but it’s a feeling of helplessness because we can’t really do anything, so that’s why we came here.”

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  • Johnny Warbucks

    The Arab community in the US has been very unsupportive of the Libyans. They rally for the Palestinians and did the same for the Egyptians for nothing for the Libyans. Very sad. They are fighting so hard to get their freedom.

    On a different note, Shillary The Mouth Clinton is flying to Geneva to discuss the situation in Libya. There goes the neighborhood! Every time that bitch opens her piehole or gets in the middle of something, the entire affair automatically goes to hell. She’s the female version of Henry Kissinger. Why doesn’t she shut the fuck up already? The last thing the Libyans need – or want – in the claws of the US looming over them. WTF do these clueless Amerikan imperialist think the Middle East uprisings are all about? Sheesh…take care of your own problems at home – heavens knows you’ve got enough to keep you there a lifetime – and let the rest of the world be.

    Yankees go home!