World Public Opinion Condemns U.S.-NATO Aggression Against Libya

June 14, 2011

Since the start of the U.S.-NATO airstrikes on Libya, people and governments throughout the world have come out to oppose this blatant aggression against a sovereign country. The following examples offer a small glimpse of this world-wide movement.

- In Greece, anti-NATO demonstrations have already been organized in Athens and other parts of the country demanding, "The imperialists out of Libya!"

- In Serbia, large anti-NATO demonstrations have been organized in Belgrade.

- Demonstrations have also taken place in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Nicaragua, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Turkey, the U.S. and other places.

- After a May 26 extraordinary African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, the AU said in a statement, "The continuation of the NATO-led military operation defeats the very purpose for which it was authorized in the first place, i.e. the protection of the civilian population, and further complicates any transition to a democratic dispensation in Libya,"

- The Indian Foreign Ministry called for a halt to the NATO airstrikes: “India views with grave concern the continuing violence, strife and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Libya. It regrets the air strikes that are taking place. The measures adopted should mitigate and not exacerbate an already difficult situation for the people of Libya.”

- The government of Cuba condemned the U.S.-led NATO war. A statement released by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez said, "Cuba categorically rejects any attempt whatsoever to take advantage of the tragic situation created in order to occupy Libya and control its oil."

- The ALBA announced the unanimous opposition of the 8 members of the ALBA to U.S. intervention in Libya. A statement denouncing the U.S.-NATO airstrikes said, “The Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America – People’s Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP), shares the global concern for the situation of conflict in Libya with its resulting loss of life and expresses its interest in the achievement of a peaceful and sovereign solution…without foreign interference, guaranteeing the territorial integrity of the country.”

- The Foreign Ministry of North Korea issued a statement calling for an immediate halt to the U.S.-led military attacks and said, "The DPRK strongly denounces this as a wanton violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of an independent state and a hideous crime against humanity in gross breach of the dignity of the Libyan people and their right to existence."

- The government of China also denounced NATO airstrikes against Libya. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it opposes the use of force in international relations and that the airstrikes violate the “sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity” of Libya.