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Announcement of Protest Against 31 Years of Qadaffi's Tyranny and Oppression in Libya

Friday, September 1, 2000
10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
in front of the Libyan Mission to the United Nations
309 E. 48th St., New York, NY

The community of Libyan expatriates in the United States invite their friends and supporters, including the media, to a protest against the regressive civilization established over the last 31 years by the tyrannical Qadaffi regime in Libya. The protest will occur on Friday, September 1, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., in front of the Libyan Mission to the United Nations at 309 E. 48th St., New York, NY.

Qadaffi is a dictator. He rules by decree. Everything he does has a negative effect on the Libyan people because he has no concern for them whatsoever other than using them as a prop for his own comfort and the maintenance of his power. The so-called " People's Authority " legislative branch of Libyan government is nothing more than a pack of actors hired by Qadaffi to execute his every command. All political opponents are jailed or executed without due process. This fate also befalls those who merely hold opinions different from Qadaffi's.

Libya is a vessel hijacked by criminals. These criminals are systematically confiscating the wealth and destroying the human resources of Libya. They have also destroyed everything built before 1969, the year of Qadaffi's takeover. The medical and educational systems, for example, have been decimated. Libya's entire infrastructure, as well as its human values, lie in ruins. The gang that rules over Libya has taken the country 300 years backward in time.

Our message to the world is that any affiliation with the Qaddafi regime is an embarrassment to democratic ideals and the entire concept of civilization. Any country that supports the cause of human rights yet still does business with Qadaffi is hypocritical and immoral. Any country that supports the Qadaffi regime in any way stains its hands with the blood of our Libyan brothers and sisters.

Salutations to every martyr who watered with his blood the dignity and honor of the Libyan homeland!

Salutations to those who are spending their entire lives in Libyan prisons and detention centers for fighting for freedom, democracy and human rights!

Long live Libya--victory to her dedicated sons!

The Libyan Community in the United States
August 15, 2000

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