Thousands of people protested outside the Libyan embassy in central London today (Tuesday). They travelled from all over Britain to join the demonstration – 10 coaches came from Manchester alone.
One protester from Swansea told Socialist Worker, 'Gaddafi has had this a long time coming. He's trying to stop people protesting and speaking out against him. But when people saw what was happening in Tunisia and Egypt, countries so similar to Libya, they knew they could do it too.
'We want to see Gaddafi hanging in the streets. Only then will the killings stop.'
One woman who has lived in Britain all her life and has Libyan parents travelled from Manchester to join the protest. 'My parents have always been too scared to take me to Libya,' she told Socialist Worker.
'But now I hope I'll be able to visit the country of my heritage and see people free – not terrified about what they say, what they wear or who they talk to.'
More protests are planned for tomorrow and the rest of the week. Some demonstrators say they will stay overnight outside the embassy.