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Protesters' Message To Gadhafi: 'There Will Be Freedom'

The old (pre-Gadhafi era) Libyan national flag flew outside the courthouse in the eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday (Feb. 24, 2011). i

The old (pre-Gadhafi era) Libyan national flag flew outside the courthouse in the eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday (Feb. 24, 2011). Gianluigi Guercia /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The old (pre-Gadhafi era) Libyan national flag flew outside the courthouse in the eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday (Feb. 24, 2011).

The old (pre-Gadhafi era) Libyan national flag flew outside the courthouse in the eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday (Feb. 24, 2011).

Gianluigi Guercia /AFP/Getty Images

Events continue to move quickly in Libya. Leader Moammar Gadhafi is said to be hunkered down in Tripoli — where, The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof reports, the sounds of gunfire can be heard.

The BBC reports that "eyewitnesses in Tripoli say that security forces are now shooting at protesters in the capital's suburbs."

Anti-Gadhafi organizers are hoping there will be large protests today in the Libyan capital. Al-Jazeera says that "security forces are deployed around mosques in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, fearing protests when Friday prayers end shortly."

As Korva reported earlier, Gadhafi's son Seif said today that the family's "plan A is to live and die in Libya; plan B is to live and die in Libya; plan C is to live and die in Libya."

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, reporting from the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, told NPR's Newcast earlier that again today thousands of people are outside the city's courthouse. Gadhafi's forces abandoned the city earlier this week, and Lourdes says that the people there are trying to send this message to other Libyans: "There will be freedom in this country, the whole of the country, not just the east."

Here's the audio of Lourdes' report:

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, from Benghazi

Also today, on Morning Edition, Lourdes reported from a hospital in Benghazi about the thousands who were injured in fighting in the city and the more than 100 who died. When Lourdes asked the brother of a man who was killed whether the protesters' sacrifices have been worth the cost, he says "absolutely, Gadhafi is a tyrant."

Here's her report:

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro on Morning Edition

Other news about events in Libya:

— The Associated Press: "Official says U.S.-chartered ferry with evacuated Americans aboard leaves Libya for Malta."

— Reuters: "The U.N. Security Council was to meet on Friday to discuss a proposal for sanctions against Libyan leaders. ... U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said that 'thousands' may have been killed or injured, and called for international intervention to protect civilians."

Reminder: NPR's Andy Carvin (@acarvin) continues to follow what's being reported on Twitter about events in Libya and other nations where people are pushing for their freedom.

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