Libyan solidarity demonstration planned in SF

February 25, 2011 7:43:06 PM PST
Friday evening, President Barack Obama imposed unilateral sanctions against Libya. He cited the unusual and extraordinary threat to America's national security and foreign policy. The United Nations is also stepping up sanctions.

A proposal had been given to the member nations of the Security Council. They are considering sanctioning not only against Moammar Gadhafi, but his children and top military, security and intelligence commanders for cracking down on the protesters. The sanctions call for a travel ban and freezing all their assets outside of Libya.

The battle for Tripoli raged on Friday as protesters clashed with the forces loyal to Gadhafi. Witnesses say gunmen on rooftops and in the streets opened fire with automatic weapons.

"A lot of my neighbors today died and the sky is raining with bullets," said a witness.

Gadhafi shows no signs of leaving voluntarily. The Libyan leader called on the crowds of supporters to fight those who are against him.

"We will defeat them, we will die here on the dear soil of Libya," said Gadhafi.

The White House is now putting more pressure on Gadhafi to stop the violence against his own people.

"We have decided to move forward with unilateral sanctions," said White House spokesperson Jay Carney.

That announcement came as the 183 Americans on board a chartered ferry finally arrived in Malta.

In San Francisco, a Libyan solidarity demonstration will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at UN Plaza. Sumayyah Gettani is one of the organizers. She reached out to others through Facebook.

"We want the message to be that we want our people to stop dying and we want to help them and get Gadhafi our as soon as possible," said Gettani.

The Security Council meets again on Saturday to discuss the proposed sanctions. Right now they are consulting their governments. All this unrest has caused crude oil prices to surge an astounding 13.8 percent in just four days of trading, Monday being holiday.

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