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Chicago Libya Protests: Demonstrators Want A Free Libya (PHOTOS)

02/22/2011 10:49 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

As protestors against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were shot on sight in Tripoli, supporters of the demonstrators gathered in Chicago.

More than 50 people protested against Gadhafi Monday at Chicago's Daley Plaza after security forces fired on thousands of Libyan demonstrators.

"These people are just asking for freedom, the simplest human rights," Haythim Salem told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's been 43 years. We've had enough."

Salem and the other demonstrators called on other nations and the United States to end the violence.

During the Monday protest, one young man began sobbing after learning that his brother was killed in the uprising, AFP reports.

From AFP:

Nizar Senussi heard constant gunfire in the background when he last spoke to his brother in Tripoli.

He's hopeful the mass uprising will finally put an end to Moamer Kadhafi's four-decade rule, but is fearful of what will happen in the interim, amid reports of up to 400 people killed in the longtime leader's brutal crackdown on protesters.

"He's a megalomaniac and he wants to take as many people as he can on his way out because he knows the end is near," Senussi told AFP.

Senussi also told the news service that the Libyan embassy contacted him and told him to fly to Washington and join a rally in support of Kadhafi, or his scholarship to a Chicago university would be revoked. Instead, he joined the protest against Kadhafi.

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