Protesters Are Awesome: Libyan Pilots Defect to Malta After Refusing to Bomb Protesters
According to a government source in Malta, two Libyan Air Force pilots today defected to the tiny island nation after being ordered to drop bombs on fellow Libyans, who have been protesting against the 40-year rule of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The pilots refused, at which point they escaped to Malta.
Since the Libyan protests began on February 15, soldiers have killed 233 protesters, a number that almost certainly increased today, as the air force and foot soldiers clashed violently with demonstrations around the capital city of Tripoli.
Besides the two pilots, Libya’s minister of justice, Mustafa Mohamed Abud Al Jeleil, and two of its diplomats have quit in response to the government-led violence. Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, said today there would be “rivers of blood” if the protests against his father didn’t end.
Wow. The people resigning/defecting are very brave. This is a small piece of heartening news amongst the waves of really really terrible reports coming out of Libya right now. I hope their actions will help to inspire/empower others to refuse to be part of the murdering of their fellow citizens.
And Junior there can fuck right off. No amount of rivers will be able to wash the blood off your hands, sir.