Protest in Kansas City Against Muammar Gaddafi in Libya

Following up on the revolution in Egypt that resulted in a couple of photoblog postings on my part covering rallies here in Kansas City (One and Two), there is now a great deal of protesting and unrest in Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya, enough to bring out the local Libyan community and broader Arab American community in Kansas City for a rally at Mill Creek Park on the Plaza on Saturday. I met a man on Saturday who was actually the focal point in one of my Egypt photos who I learned was imprisoned by Gaddafi for nearly twenty years. The situation in Libya is not receiving the amount of press it should due to the tight reins Gaddafi’s regime keeps on journalists and the news media in Libya.

There aren’t a lot of ways to get information in and out of the country except through Internet social networking, and Gaddafi has been busy shutting off the Internet across Libya during the protests and clashes with Libyan citizenry. And I’m told a great deal of the world remains unaware of the killings of dozens or hundreds of protesters in Libya in recent days by Gaddafi’s military forces. There were some demonstrators present at this rally here in Kansas City living in exile from Libya who cannot return and see close family while Gaddafi is in power, so it is not hard to understand why Libyans would love to see Gaddafi gone.

1) Libyan and American flags flying on the Plaza

2) Gaddafi Sux

3) Libya's Turn - Fisheye Lens photo

4) Mubarak Awaiting Gaddafi

5) Streetscape on The Plaza during the rally.

6) Black and White with the Fisheye lens.

7) Holding a child.

8) Gaddafi's Atrocities - and this list only had room to cover the early part of his career as dictator.

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  1. radiomankc
    radiomankc says:

    Nice work. Since you probably didn’t sell the series, I don’t like your copyright symbol because it deprives the world of great journalism, though I certainly see nothing wrong with your signing your artistic journalism. You deserve the credit tho, fer sure. I always look at your work. And sometimes forward it on to people who I think would enjoy it.

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    • Eric
      Eric says:

      Thanks Radioman. I just put the watermark there for all shots I post online whether they’re of a photojournalistic variety or an “artsy” type. I figure if some agency wants to use them for editorial use then I’ll by all means release the shots to them with no watermark graphic affixed.

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