South Africans protest NATO bombing of Libya

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Posted: Jul 06, 2011 7:37 AM
South Africans protest NATO bombing of Libya

More than 1,000 South Africans have rallied at the U.S. Embassy to call for an end to NATO strikes on Libya.

Wednesday's union-organized rally ended with the handing over of a memorandum to U.S. officials saying bombings are undermining African efforts to negotiate a solution.

South African President Jacob Zuma is leading stalled African Union mediation efforts. He has faced criticism at home for supporting a U.N. resolution calling for protecting civilians in Libya.

Zuma blames NATO for overstepping the resolution. The fiery leader of the governing African National Congress Youth League, Julius Malema, said at the rally that South Africa should have foreseen how the resolution would be used, and should not have voted for it.