By Susan Schwartz, TMO
As revolutions sweep the Muslim world, the Southern California community, home to many from that area and their children, are taking a proactive interest in events there.
The Syrian community in the greater Los Angeles area and the Libyan Emergency Task Force there sponsored a well attended and successful demonstration in front of the Federal Building in Los Angeles this past weekend. The event was held to show support for and solidarity with the people of Syria and Libya.
In announcing the demonstration the organizers called attention to the 48 years of one party rule in Syria. Attention also was focused on the civilian deaths resulting from the repressive measures, including the use of live ammunition and mass arrests, on the part of Syrian Special Forces.
The Libyan Emergency Task Force supports the passage of United Nations Security Council resolution 1973 which authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilian life including the well publicized â€œno fly zoneâ€. The Task Force acknowledges the need for United States participation to unseat dictator Muammar Qaddifi.
The local Libyan Emergency Task Force is in contact with the main office, located in Washington, D. C. . A meeting will be held in the near future to facilitate the centralization of the groupâ€™s work.
Idris Traina, a spokesperson for the Task Force, told The Muslim Observer that a critical situation – a barrier -exists with respect to aiding the Libyan civilians. It is presently against United States law to send money to Libya even under the auspices of charity and for humanitarian reasons. Efforts are underway through contact with elected officials to repeal or mitigate this law.
When asked what type of government he wanted for Libya, he replied one that is â€œdemocratic and freeâ€ with an â€œopen society and formation of political partiesâ€.
A fundraiser for Libya was held in early March and others are planned for the future as soon as US based charity organizations are allowed to provide help inside Libya.
Motorists travelling along the busy thoroughfare where the Federal Building is located honked their approval of the signs held by the demonstrators.
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