Anti-Libya protests at the U.N.
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 23:03:55 GMT —
The crowds, signs and chants drew attention to a litany of causes outside the United Nations building this morning as the General Assembly was called into session. Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi received most of the attention including a group of demonstrators representing the families of the victims of Pan Am 103. Many of those in the group had children or other family members attending Syracuse University when the terrorists struck the plane on which they were returning home for Christmas after a semester abroad.
Kathleen Flynn's son J.P. Flynn was a junior at Colgate University overseas with the Syracuse University study abroad program. She was right in the middle of the demonstration in the Dag Hammerskold Plaza outside the United Nations building. She was part of the group wanting to bring attention to Colonel Qadhafi's past. Flynn said, "the United Nations is supposedly the organization that brings world powers together in peace and harmony and you have a brutal dictator addressing the assembly. There's something skewed in the whole thing. Skewed so badly that you wonder what kind of world we have in that this is the kind of people that we choose to speak with the United Nations."
Plans for protesting the appearance of the Libyan leader came together and gained attention after last month's release of Pan Am 103 bomber Abdel Basset Ali Al Megrahi. Kathleen Flynn says that release on compassionate grounds shocked her, "you can imagine the horror of the families that the man who put the...actually put the bomb on Pan Am 103 was being released from prison on compassionate grounds. Which is even funnier. He showed no compassion to the people that he murdered. The 270 people he murdered on Pan Am 103."
The parents and family members of the American victims of Pan Am 103 say they will remain vigilant over all of the issues related to Libya, terrorism and security to serve as a reminder of what happened to their loved ones on December 21, 1988. 40 people with ties to Central New York were killed in that explosion including 35 Syracuse University students in the study abroad program.