Libyan protests outside UN call for action

In New York, outside the United Nations and not far from the Libyan Mission, demonstrators gathered to demand more be done to protect those in Libya from the deadly violence there. Julie Walker reports.

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Chanting FREE LIBYA and carrying signs reading the “US & the UN must stop all kinds of support to all dictators” a couple hundred people gathered outside the United Nations Wednesday to support their family, their friends and their countryman half a world away. 24 year old Hend el Buri is worried about her sister in Tripoli who she has not heard from in several days.

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Protesters are calling on the UN to do more. So far the Security Council has condemned the violence and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi and urged him to stop the bloodshed. But Nasser Buisier who was one of the rally organizers says it’s not enough.

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And it wasn’t just Libyan Americans at the rally. Rachel Chaput came with her 2 young children and her husband who is originally from Egypt.

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On Friday the UN’s human rights council will take up the matter in a special session. The High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has said attacks on anti-government protesters by Libyan authorities may amount to crimes against humanity. She’s also called for an independent international investigation into the violence against protestors in Libya.

Julie Walker, United Nations. 


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