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London protester: 'We want to see Gaddafi hanging in the streets'

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2240

Furious protesters gathered outside the Libyan embassy in central London on Tuesday of this week. They called on Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi to leave Libya  (Pictures: http://www.guysmallman.com/Guy Smallman )</span

Furious protesters gathered outside the Libyan embassy in central London on Tuesday of this week. They called on Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi to leave Libya (Pictures: Guy Smallman)


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.

Children joined the lively protest outside the embassy

Children joined the lively protest outside the embassy


People shout slogans outside the Libyan embassy. One placard shows the depth of anger among protesters. It reads, "Since when was the Libyan blood cheaper than petrol and gas"

People shout slogans outside the Libyan embassy. One placard shows the depth of anger among protesters. It reads, "Since when was the Libyan blood cheaper than petrol and gas"



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International
Tue 22 Feb 2011, 17:52 GMT
Issue No. 2240
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