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Libyan independence flag raised in Stockholm

TT/AFP/The Local · 22 Feb 2011, 18:12

Published: 22 Feb 2011 18:12 GMT+01:00

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A delegation of three people from among a group of protesters gathered outside Libya's embassy on Valhallavägen in Stockholm entered the embassy on Tuesday afternoon.

The group presented demands to the embassy's second-in-command that Libya's independence-era flag, which has become a popular symbol among anti-government protesters, be raised outside the Libyan mission in Stockholm.

Other demonstrators braved the falling snow to gather outside the embassy, with one many standing high on a pile of snow waving the flag of Libyan independence, which was the country's official flag from 1951 until 1969 after the country gained independence.

Also known as the flag Kingdom of Libya, it consists of a white crescent-and-star on a triband red-black-green design.

Between 50 and 100 protesters had gathered in the central Stockholm square Sergels Torg earlier Tuesday shouting "Down with the dictator!" and "Qaddafi, murderer!", before marching to the embassy to replace the current all-green flag.

The red, black and green flag was raised shortly before 3pm to thunderous applause from onlookers, some of whom in their enthusiasm threw their arms around the deputy ambassador, the TT news agency reported.

"We did this because it was a condition set by the demonstrators before leaving," explained an embassy secretary to the AFP news agency and a few other reporters through a cracked door.

"But the ambassador has not resigned," he insisted.

Earlier in the day, a tearful demonstrator attempted to scale the walls of the building to hoist the independence-era flag, but was stopped by police and other protest leaders.

Shaban Elgale, a Libyan-exile and spokesperson for the Libyan Action Committee in Sweden, said that Tuesday's demonstration includes tougher demands than the one arranged on Monday.

"Yesterday we got the embassy to raise the green Libyan flag; today we want them to raise the independence-era flag," he told the TT news agency.

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One of the demonstrators, Palestinian-born Libyan national Walid, said that Colonel Muammar Qaddafi's appearance on Monday night shows that the leader is shaken.

"He's scared. He's never spoken for such a short time before, his speeches usually always last two hours. I don't think he's still in Libya," Walid told TT.

On Monday, three non-diplomatic employees at the embassy announced in an open letter that they were quitting to protest the bloody crackdown on demonstrators in Libya, which human rights groups say have so far cost up to 400 lives.

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06:10 February 23, 2011 by UScitizen
Things don't seem to be going well with Gadhafi right now. He says he will die as a martyr rather than leave the country. If he falls and the country becomes a "democracy" will those who have sought and obtained asylum here be allowed to stay here? They will no longer have a valid reason or excuse. Any comments?

Oh, and for those who think I'm anti-muslim when I'm really only anti "we hate and want to kill everyone who won't follow our religious beliefs". Here's an example of some of the muslim beliefs: a muslim in America who killed his own daughter in an "honor killing" because she became too "Westernized". read it for yourselves.

07:38 February 23, 2011 by flintis
Independence flag, & here's me thinking it was the flag from the days of the Royal family.

What exactly is raising this flag in Stockholm going to achieve?
09:43 February 23, 2011 by Prat
"UScitizen" can surely find ample home-grown corn-fed zealotry in the USA? Why look to Libya or Sweden or Islam for your deadly hypocrites?

Every season America dresses up tens of thousands of poor, badly educated young people and sends them abroad as soldiers for democracy. The old, the criminal and the mentally ill are warehoused till expiry. Or they wander to live under bridges, cursing and spitting at the fortunate.

But perhaps more worrisome are the not-yet-homeless proles: livestock assumed deadly by the US controlling class. They're whipped into daily frenzy by Fox News to believe their poor prospects & sad lack of dignity are due to foreigners, or Communists, or other teeming heretics.
10:20 February 23, 2011 by HeilNizar

Didn't you reply on UScitizen the same exact thing on the other article? Or you like to look like a clown?


I hope so, as they are abusing & raping the word asylum, the minute Gadaffi falls they should be shipped back.

I have been there once, damn they have really nice weather, very small population, huge country and lots and lots of oil, what the hell are they thinking asking for asylum in cold Europe?! If only their resources were in Swedish hands!
10:33 February 23, 2011 by UScitizen
@ Prat

If we are dressing up tens of thousands of poor, badly educated young people and sending them abroad as soldiers for democracy we're doing it to try to control the murderous vermin of the world who kill their own children in the name of their religion. good riddance.

And if these people had any sense, when they get rid of their dictator and gain a democracy, they should sit back, relax, and rake in the oil wealth from the US and other countries, sharing it with all the people.

But that won't happen.The leaders of the new government will make themselves rich while the common people will still suffer. Their new government will whip them into daily frenzy against the US and other western countries and laugh at them for believing it.
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