U students protest longtime Libyan leader

The crowd demonstrated Tuesday in front of Coffman Union.

Sara Milad demonstrates with others on Tuesday outside of Coffman Union. The demonstrations were against Libya's current dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi who has ruled for 42 years. Over 600 Libyan people have been killed in recent protests in the country.

Sara Milad demonstrates with others on Tuesday outside of Coffman Union. The demonstrations were against Libya's current dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi who has ruled for 42 years. Over 600 Libyan people have been killed in recent protests in the country.

Kathryn Elliott

Continuing their support of the revolutions that have swept the Middle East and toppled regimes across that region, students gathered Tuesday in front of Coffman Union to bolster the efforts of family and friends still under the regime of oppressive Libyan premier Moammar Gadhafi.

“WeâÄôre done with you and your sons!” the gathered crowd of all ages chanted, referring to the Libyan leader and his four-decade rule.

Expats and others with family and friends in Libya have only foggy, incomplete media reports and social media messages to learn the statuses of loved ones following the Libyan governmentâÄôs lethal reaction to protests Monday.

“Yesterday was the most miserable day ever,” one demonstrator, University of Minnesota student Sara Milad, said. “I lost track [of the death toll]. We canâÄôt sleep, all our family is there.”

Gadhafi is reported to have deployed mercenaries in quashing protests in LibyaâÄôs capital, Tripoli.

“We have nothing to protect ourselves,” Milad said.

Abdulssalam, a computer science graduate student, protested GadhafiâÄôs rule in support of his mother and other close family members who still live in Libya.

Abdulssalam said by protesting he hoped to make other students aware of the harsh rule endured by his fellow Libyans.

Like rally organizers in other recent Middle Eastern movements, Milad said she and a friend used Facebook to promote TuesdayâÄôs gathering.

Another protest is planned for Friday.