UN Secretary-General urges Libyan authorities to stop violence against protestors

Amid a violent crackdown on protestors in Libya, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed outrage at "disturbing and shocking scenes" of Libyan authorities firing at demonstrators from war planes and helicopters.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The protests have broken out in several cities of Libya as people call for change in the country that has been ruled by Col. Muammar Qadhafi for over 40 years.

The Secretary-General says that on Monday he spoke to Col. Qadhafi and “forcefully” urged him to stop violence against demonstrators.

This is unacceptable. This must stop immediately. This is a serious violation of international humanitarian law. There has been already much bloodshed in Libya and this violence against demonstrators must immediately stop.”

The Secretary-General made his comments in Los Angeles, California where he is on official visit.

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