Libyans protesting against longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi vowed to hit the streets again Sunday, saying a violent crackdown by security forces since demonstrations started last week has left them energized.
Meanwhile, a doctor in Benghazi said her facility is taking on trauma patients because a trauma hospital in the city is inundated by those injured in the unrest.
“All of them have been injured by bullets,” said the doctor, whose identity is not being released for security reasons. She said most suffered gunshot wounds to the head, chest or neck.
Benghazi, the North African nation’s second-largest city and hub of its eastern province, was home to some of the bloodiest clashes Saturday. Still, an anti-government demonstrator there said that despite having been barraged for days by tear gas and bullets, many of his colleagues slept outside the city’s courthouse and planned another rally at 1 p.m. Sunday.
“There are a lot of people getting killed for their freedom,” the man, who was not identified for safety reasons, told CNN Sunday morning. “Our goal is simple: We want Gadhafi to leave. We want freedom. … We want democracy.”
The man, a technology expert who has set up cameras airing live online video streams around Benghazi, estimated that the numbers of anti-government demonstrators in the city has grown by 20% since the protests began Tuesday.
“We are peaceful people,” he said. “They are killing unarmed civilians.”
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