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Libyan exiles protest as embassy drops rebel flag

TT/The Local/pvs · 18 Apr 2011, 13:07

Published: 18 Apr 2011 13:07 GMT+02:00

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The protesters argued that there was a connection with reports that the new head of the embassy is a follower of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

The embassy stated via a security guard that it was not prepared to talk to journalists.

The rebel flag was raised on February 22nd when the former embassy boss, chargé d'affaires Abdelmaged Ali Buzrigh, changed sides and distanced himself from Qaddafi.

The regime responded by sacking him and replacing him with Salah Umi, who has been accused by Buzrigh, among others, of belonging to Qaddafi's notorious external security service.

Buzrigh has warned the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs that Salah Umi and another Libyan diplomat are dangerous people.

The embassy has refused to comment on the allegations.

Since March 10th Sweden and the EU no longer recognise the Qaddafi regime as representative of the Libyan people. Diplomatic contact has been officially severed and the foreign ministry has advised that embassy in Stockholm fulfils no function.

The demonstrators have several demands, according to one who was prepared only to divulge his first name "Abdulasalam".

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"The diplomats should be expelled, the flag should be hoisted and we have to given access to the office (editor's note - embassy)," he said.

Abdusalam claimed that the demonstrators plan to continue their protest around the clock until they get their way.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:43 April 18, 2011 by HeilNizar
Just kick them both out please. Like they will ever contribute any good to humanity!
15:33 April 18, 2011 by jbat
Why on earth this Libyan people should bring chaos to other people country.. if they want to protest.. go back to your country and do it from there..... if you are a coward.. then just keep quite...
16:15 April 18, 2011 by technoviking
Brilliant idea to wave a flag before you even know who it belongs to and whether they're an even worse set of monsters than Qaddafi...
17:54 April 18, 2011 by wenddiver
What a nightmare, not wanting America to lead, we have committed the West to a war were everybody provides just enough firepower to keep it going, eating lives and money, but never enough to secure victory.

The West's own seizures of economic assestts insures that Western Europes's oil supply will be disrupted, with the resultat higher prices and negative economic impact.

China sits in the wings selling Qadaffi weapons and gladly taking Europes's Oil supply and thanks to Obbamma's goofy America won't lead the Europeans can not even agree on what they are doing let alone what their own goals are.

As for the European Union, France and Britain, Sweden and are at war, the rest who knows???

Then we come to the Arabs who don't want intervention, but don't want to fix it themselves.

The American's?? The President and Fox news seem to be the only ones in favor of committing any US Forces to install a bunch of people who probably are part of the Muslim Brotherhood in power. Eygpt's new regime is already threatening war ith Israel, Jordan's new government putting the Danish cartonist who drew Mohammed on trial for blasphemy.

How did we get here?? No leadership.
22:13 April 18, 2011 by johnny1939
That is right no leadership!! Don't expect anything from the US they have their hands full thanks to bush that gave them Obama who is totally useless home and abroad.
23:02 April 18, 2011 by wxman
Too late for this embassy staff. Qaddafi knows they flew the rebel flag, no changing back now. These people should apply for asylum immediately. Going back home is not an option, unless an early death doesn't concern them.
10:21 April 19, 2011 by Zhorka
Revolutions have to be strangled while in embryonic stage.
12:56 April 19, 2011 by wenddiver
Not a very pretty Flag anyway, the colors are repulsive.
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