Egyptians protest against Libya's Gaddafi

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Libyan embassy in Cairo to demonstrate against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Egyptians protest against Libya's Gaddafi

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Libyan embassy in Cairo on Monday to demonstrate against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Similar demonstrations took place in Egypt's northern port city of Alexandria, where dozens of Egyptians and Libyans protested in front of the Libyan consulate, carrying pictures of Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam with their faces crossed out.

The protesters in Cairo waved banners saying "down with the killer, down with Gaddafi" and "Gaddafi has hired African mercenaries to kill Libyans".

Libya's unrest, the worst in Gaddafi's four decades in power, started out as a series of protests inspired by popular revolts in neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia, which led to the toppling of both countries' presidents.

Libya's protests were met with a fierce security crackdown. Witnesses in the eastern city of Benghazi said security forces had pulled back to a fortified compound in the centre of the town from where they were shooting at people returning from burying protesters killed on previous days.

Protesters in Cairo on Monday chanted "Saif tell your father the Libyans hate you", echoing a refrain used during Egypt's revolt against the former president, Hosni Mubarak, and his son Gamal.

Saif al-Islam said in an address on state TV on Sunday the Libyan army stood behind his father as a "leader of the battle in Tripoli" and would enforce security at any price. His comments were the first official reaction from the Libyan authorities since the unrest began.

On Sunday, at least 100 people had gathered in Alexandria in solidarity with the Libyan people.

Reuters

Last Mod: 22 Şubat 2011, 11:39
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