Rally in Temple Terrace to support pro-democracy activists in Libya
Hundreds of pro-democracy activists have been killed by Libyaâ€™s government during several days of demonstrations . Yesterday in Temple Terrace, more than 60 people rallied in support of Libyaâ€™s protesters.
In a long speech televised today on Libya TV, the countryâ€™s leader, Moammar Gadhafi vowed to continue to fight and die a â€œmartyr.â€ He called on supporters to take back the streets from people demanding his ouster. But during rush hour last night, supporters of Libyaâ€™s street protesters held signs and flags at the corner of Fowler Avenue and 56th Street. Abdul Majid comes from Tripoli but has lived and worked in Temple Terrace for 30 years.
Libyaâ€™s security forces have cracked down on the street protesters. An opposition activist in Tripoli said the streets of one section of the capital are littered with the bodies of scores of protesters. Today the White House called the recent violence in Libya â€œappalling.â€ Despite hundreds of casualties, Majid says the anti-government protesters will prevail.
Dr. Awatif Hammud lives in Tampa, but is from Libya and is worried about her family in Tripoli.
Seven-year-old Seema supports the anti-government protesters in Libyaâ€™s streets.
Sixteen-year-old Taha El Faituri carried the red black and green flag of Libya from before Gadhafiâ€™s reign, not the green one instituted by the regime. El Faituri lives in Tampa Bay, but is from Benghazi, Libyaâ€™s second largest city and where the most intense anti-Gadhafi protests have occurred.
The U.N. Security Council scheduled a closed meeting on Libya this afternoon.
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