84 killed in Libya protests, says Human Rights WatchBy DPA, IANS
Saturday, February 19, 2011
NEW YORK - At least 84 protesters have been killed by Libyan security forces during three days of protests against the regime of Muammer Gaddafi, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.
The casualty estimate was based on phone interviews with hospital staff and witnesses, the New York-based group said on its website late Friday.
“The Libyan authorities should immediately end attacks on peaceful protesters and protect them from assault by pro-government armed groups,” it said.
“Gaddafi’s security forces are firing on Libyan citizens and killing scores simply because they’re demanding change and accountability,” said Joe Stork, HRW deputy Middle East and North Africa director.
“Libyan authorities should allow peaceful protesters to have their say.”