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Gaddafi's death stirs grassroots ire

NAYABA ARINDE Amsterdam News Editor | 10/28/2011, 10:50 a.m.
Gaddafi's death stirs grassroots ire

"Obama betrayed us," December 12th Movement co-founder Viola Plummer boomed at the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard this past Saturday. "You cannot tell me that 5 or 6 million people were deathly afraid of this one man-Muammar al-Gaddafi-for 42 years."

Interviewed on Tuesday on WVON-AM in Chicago, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called Gaddafi's death "an assassination" perpetrated by the United States, Britain and France.

After nine months of an American-, NATO- and European-supported violent uprising by forces opposed to his 42-year rule, Gaddafi was captured and killed by rebel forces on Thursday, Oct. 20. (See story on Page 2 for more.)

After NATO forces fired on his convoy in Sirte, he was dragged from a hiding place, beaten, taunted and shot in the head, reportedly on the way to a hospital. Calls for an international investigation have come in loud and clear.

"Obama sanctioning the killing of Gaddafi is the ultimate Black-on-Black violence," said book vendor Dr. Jack Felder, a retired educator, as he sat and watched the marchers in Harlem on Saturday afternoon going past his row of African-centered books.

"Obama should know that we voted for him because he was Black," said Plummer. "But he betrayed us. There is nowhere to go but to us. Some see this as a defining moment: If some can get over the treachery of the killing of Gaddafi, Obama loyalists will vote for Obama; those who are conflicted won't. I know we won't be there. But who are they gonna run against him that can win?"

"Long live Gaddafi!" shouted a crowd of people behind her, banners and green flags raised high.

Some seemed confused, others were caught off-guard and still more raised a fist or a chant in support of the dozens of marchers who walked down 125th Street to 116th Street and back up to the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building.

"He was a hero!" the protestors chanted as they condemned Gaddafi's violent end brought about by Western-supported rebel forces.

"We don't have the kind of mass media that talked about the good things he did in Libya," Plummer lamented. "They are now talking about sending troops to the Congo, to the Central African Republic, Uganda and Somalia. We are smart enough to know that there are no other resources-these greedy people have sucked everywhere else dry. They see us as the last bastion.

"The struggle in the so-called Middle East was an opportunity for them to get in and create the so-called rebels," she said.

"Africa has lost one of its proudest sons, murdered at the hands of United States, French, British and Italian imperialism and betrayed by imperialism's African and Arab puppets," said Omowale Clay, a December 12th Movement member who led the chants during the rally and march.

"Gaddafi died in combat and, as he told his people, at his post. We join the people of Libya in mourning its leader and understanding that the same forces who murdered Gaddafi are the same Wall Street criminals and its NATO police thugs who exploit and repress our communities," Clay said.