The African Union has condemn the violent crackdown on protestors seeking regime change in the north African nation of Libya which has been ruled by Muammar al-Gaddafi, since he rose to power through a military coup in 1969.
After popular movements overturned the governments of Dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, both of which borders Libya on the west and east, a full-scale revolt against Gaddafi broke out in February.
There have been reports of extreme brutality against protestors by forces still loyal to regime, which include reports of mass killings and beatings. Rumors have been circulating that the Gaddafi regime were hiring African mercenaries to come in and help put down the revolt and NPR reports that “Witnesses and others have mentioned "white Africans," not Arabs, and "black Africans" among the Gadhafi forces who they say have been shooting at Libyans.” If the reports are true then these mercenaries would most likely come from countries like South Africa, a formerly racists apartheid country before Nelson Mandela rose to power.
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