The UN Security Council denounced Libya’s crackdown against peaceful pro-reform demonstrators and called for those responsible to be held to account Tuesday, as Libyan diplomats around the world began to break away from Muammar Gaddafi.
REUTERS - Libyan diplomats at the United Nations and several countries broke ranks with the country's leader Muammar Gaddafi, urging foreign nations on Tuesday to help stop what many called the slaughter of anti-government protesters.
Gaddafi's forces have cracked down fiercely on demonstrators demanding an end to his 41-year rule, with fighting spreading to the capital Tripoli after erupting in Libya's oil-producing east last week. Human rights groups say at least 233 people have been killed.
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Ali al-Essawi, Libya's ambassador to India who resigned his post in protest at the violent crackdown, told Reuters he was beseeching global powers to help his people, who he said were being killed by mercenaries and air force strikes.
FRENCH EXPATS EVACUATE LIBYA
Date created : 2011-02-23