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Police storm occupied Libyan embassy

TT/AFP/The Local · 11 Aug 2011, 15:44

Published: 11 Aug 2011 11:31 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Aug 2011 15:44 GMT+02:00

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Some 20 police officers stormed the building and seven people have been arrested, according to police reports.

"The purpose of going in was to see if these people had committed any offence. When negotiations don't lead anywhere then you have to do something," police spokesperson Kjell Lindgren to news agency TT.

The seven arrested people have been taken to a police station on suspicion of illegal trespass, intent to commit arson and vandalism.

According to Lindgren the intruders demonstrated that they had flammable liquids and lighters by showing them in the windows.

None of the seven resisted arrest, the police confirmed.

Several people forced their way into the embassy in central Stockholm on Thursday morning, raising the rebel flag. A further banner declaring in English "We will kill ourselves if your try to come in" was draped across the building's façade.

According to police officers in attendance the atmosphere was heated and the action was interpreted as a demonstration against the Tripoli regime.

At 10.45am an alarm went off in the embassy building alerting the police.

At first police were under the impression that there were staff on the premises but it has since been established that the building was empty at the time of the break in.

The police sent around 15 patrol cars to the scene and parts of the surrounding streets in central Stockholm were been cordoned off.

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According to information from the police there were also some 4-5 people present outside of the embassy waving flags.

Sweden in May expelled two Libyan diplomats accused of inappropriate activities, reportedly Tripoli's last two representatives in the Scandinavian country.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said in early March, before the NATO-led air strikes against Muammar Qaddafi's regime began, that he no longer considered the Libyan embassy in Stockholm a legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

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

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Your comments about this article

13:44 August 11, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
They were sent by the Swedish government, but without the JAS Gripen planes. As you can see, nothing happens in beautiful Kafkaland.

A controversy. Last March, Carl ´(BM) Bildt said that he "no longer considered the Libyan embassy in Stockholm a legitimate representative of the Libyan people". So, what are the intruders doing there? 15 patrol cars? Let them jump and save some money from the tax payers, me included.
14:09 August 11, 2011 by andyron2
I hope the window they are referring was not on the ground floor.....Police shouldnt have stopped them from free fall.I doubt if they seriously wanted to jump.
14:10 August 11, 2011 by Svensksmith
So, let them.
14:37 August 11, 2011 by bjinger
Shocking. where is the police? where is the diplomatic protection?
14:51 August 11, 2011 by KingArthur
2 hours i have been standing in que because of this. The whole city (Nortull/ etc) is one big chaos. But yes they where standing in top of the building in the windows.. @bjinger... Reading problems (there is a huge police force / ambulance´s etc) and there is no ambasy personal anymore since the last 2 got expelled. So no diplomatic protection needed
15:06 August 11, 2011 by conboy
is the ex-wife there?
15:58 August 11, 2011 by andyron2
A further banner declaring in English "We will kill ourselves if your try to come in"

All the cops needed to do is to just step in and say hej.wat a missed chance.
09:36 August 12, 2011 by Åskar
@bjinger, "diplomatic protection"?

What on Earth are you talking about? If an embassy wants protection they hire a guard and if they don't they don't hire a guard. It's as simple as that.
14:24 August 12, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
And who is fighting now against Gadaffi's forces? Carl Bildt and who else?

09:36 August 12, 2011 by Åskar

Next time a Swedish embassy in a foreign country is attacked, tell the ambassador to hire a guard led by you, perhaps. A country is obliged to grant protection to the foreing embassies. Nothing more nothing less.
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