Libyan community shows solidarity with protesters
Web staff, cp24.com
Published Sunday, February 20, 2011 3:35PM EST
Toronto's Libyan community came out Sunday afternoon to show support for a growing anti-government movement in Libya.
About 300 people showed up at a peacefull rally downtown at Yonge-Dundas Square. Many held up signs urging Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down. The signs read "Stop killing Libyan kids," and "Save our future generation."
Gadhafi has been in power for 42 years.
Rallies were held across Canada this weekend, on the lawns of Parliament Hill in Ottawa and outside Manitoba's legislature in Winnipeg.
More than 200 people have been killed in Libya since the uprising began on Wednesday.
Libya is one of several countries in North Africa and the Middle East where residents have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest the country's government. However, Libya has also been the place where there has been the most brutal crackdown on protesters.
Elsewhere, protests have led to the ouster of presidents in Egypt and Tunisia.With files from The Canadian Press