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    Default Gaddafi flees Tripoli as protesters set the Libyan parliament building alight

    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to have fled the capital Tripoli after anti-government demonstrators breached the state television building and set government property alight.

    Protesters appear to have gained a foothold in Tripoli as banks and government buildings were looted while demonstrators have claimed they have taken control of the second city Benghazi.

    It is thought up to 400 people may have died in the unrest with dozens more reported killed in Tripoli overnight as protests reached the capital for the first time and army units were said to have defected to the opposition.


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    Wow. Africa and the Middle East are going through some crazy times right now. Let's see, Egypt, Bahrain, Lybia, Tunisia, Yemen...did I forget anyone?

    It seems to me that Egypt was the straw that broke the camel's back. Once the people in the other nations saw that the Egyptians were able to rise up and throw out their dictator, they decided to give it a try in their own country.

    Good luck, guys!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    Wow. Africa and the Middle East are going through some crazy times right now. Let's see, Egypt, Bahrain, Lybia, Tunisia, Yemen...did I forget anyone?


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    Last night on our local news they reported how "Protesters" were shot at after trying to gain access to a government building with a burning car. They make it sound like the protesters were doing nothing wrong. I realize there are reports of protesters being picked off by snipers from roof tops but this particular use of force sounds justified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    Last night on our local news they reported how "Protesters" were shot at after trying to gain access to a government building with a burning car. They make it sound like the protesters were doing nothing wrong. I realize there are reports of protesters being picked off by snipers from roof tops but this particular use of force sounds justified.
    not really when you consider this has been happening for a few days now and Gdaffi authourised troops to fire live rounds and mortars at peaceful protesters on the first day, by doing so he's escilated the problem so that now, the protesters are using extreme measures to get what they want.
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    wow...

    VALLETTA, Malta -- Two Libyan air force jets have arrived in Malta and military officials say their pilots have asked for political asylum amid a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters in Libya.



    The two Mirage jets arrived Monday shortly after two civilian helicopters landed at the airport carrying seven people who said they were French.

    A military source familiar with the situation said the jet pilots, Libyan air force colonels, were allowed to land after they communicated from the air that they wanted asylum. They had left from a base near Tripoli and had flown low over Libyan airspace to avoid detection.

    The aircraft remain at Malta's airport while the pilots and helicopter passengers are being questioned by airport immigration officials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    wow...

    VALLETTA, Malta -- Two Libyan air force jets have arrived in Malta and military officials say their pilots have asked for political asylum amid a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters in Libya.



    The two Mirage jets arrived Monday shortly after two civilian helicopters landed at the airport carrying seven people who said they were French.

    A military source familiar with the situation said the jet pilots, Libyan air force colonels, were allowed to land after they communicated from the air that they wanted asylum. They had left from a base near Tripoli and had flown low over Libyan airspace to avoid detection.

    The aircraft remain at Malta's airport while the pilots and helicopter passengers are being questioned by airport immigration officials.
    just seen this on the news, they're saying that they defected because they were asked to bomb the protesters, other reports are saying that other aircraft have bombed the protesters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    other reports are saying that other aircraft have bombed the protesters.
    LATEST: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's four-decade-old rule appeared in increasing jeopardy when days of anti-government protests reached the capital for the first time and security forces killed dozens of people.

    Military aircraft fired live ammunition at crowds of anti-government protesters in the capital Tripoli, Al Jazeera television said this morning (NZ time) quoting witnesses.

    "What we are witnessing today is unimaginable. Warplanes and helicopters are indiscriminately bombing one area after another. There are many, many dead," Adel Mohamed Saleh, a Libyan resident, told the TV station.

    Saleh, who called himself a political activist, said the bombings had initially targeted a funeral procession.

    "Our people are dying. It is the policy of scorched earth." he said. "Every 20 minutes they are bombing."

    Asked if the attacks were still happening he said: "It is continuing, it is continuing. Anyone who moves, even if they are in their car they will hit you."

    No independent verification of the report was immediately available.

    Residents said several cities in the east appeared to be in the hands of the opposition as protests spread from Benghazi, the cradle of a popular uprising that threatens to overthrow one of the Arab world's most entrenched governments.

    One of Gaddafi's sons said the veteran leader would fight the revolt until "the last man standing."

    Protesters rallied in Tripoli's streets, tribal and religious leaders spoke out against Gaddafi, and army units defected to the opposition in a revolt that has cost the lives of more than 200 people.

    Some analysts suggested Libya was heading for civil war.

    "Libya is the most likely candidate for civil war because the government has lost control over part of its own territory," said Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Centre in Qatar.

    "I think what's going to happen is going to be much more chaotic than what we saw in Egypt or Tunisia. Gaddafi and his sons don't have anywhere else to go...They are going to fight," said North Africa analyst Geoff Porter, contributor to political risk consultancy Wikistrat.

    "LAST, DESPERATE ACTS"

    Output at one of Libya's oil fields was reported to have been stopped by a workers' strike and some European oil companies withdrew expatriate workers and suspended operations. Most of Libya's oil fields are in the east, south of Benghazi.

    Anti-government protests have also broken out in the central town of Ras Lanuf, the site of an oil refinery and petrochemical complex, Libya's Quryna newspaper said on its website Monday.

    A Libyan man, Soula al-Balaazi, who said he was an opposition activist, told the network by telephone that Libyan air force warplanes had bombed "some locations in Tripoli."

    An analyst for London-based consultancy Control Risks said that indicated the end was approaching for Gaddafi.

    "These really seem to be last, desperate acts. If you're bombing your own capital, it's really hard to see how you can survive, " said Julien Barnes-Dacey, Control Risks' Middle East analyst.

    Ad Feedback Foreign Secretary William Hague said earlier that Gaddafi might be heading for Venezuela, which is ruled by his friend President Hugo Chavez, but a senior government source in Caracas denied that.

    In signs of disagreement inside Libya's ruling elite, the justice minister resigned in protest at the "excessive use of violence" against protesters. In India, Libya's ambassador said he was resigning in protest at the violent crackdown.

    Two Libyan fighter jets also landed unexpectedly in Malta, witnesses said. The office of Malta's prime minister said it was not clear whether the two pilots intended to ask for asylum. They initially had asked to refuel, it said.

    European nations watched developments in Libya with a growing sense of alarm after the government in Tripoli said it would suspend cooperation on stemming the flow of illegal immigrants across the Mediterranean.

    A coalition of Libyan Muslim leaders told all Muslims it was their duty to rebel against the Libyan leadership because of its "bloody crimes against humanity."

    The building where the General People's Congress, or parliament, meets in Tripoli was on fire Monday, as was a police station in one of the eastern suburbs.

    Al Jazeera television quoted medical sources as saying 61 people had been killed in the latest protests in Tripoli.

    It said security forces were looting banks and other government institutions in Tripoli, and protesters had broken into several police stations and wrecked them.

    A Reuters reporter in Tripoli said there were long queues for food and fuel as residents stocked up on essential goods, apparently anticipating new clashes after nightfall.

    Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi appeared on national television Sunday night in an attempt both to threaten and to calm people, saying the army would enforce security at any price to put down the revolt.

    "We will keep fighting until the last man standing, even to the last woman standing," he said Sunday.

    But people in Tripoli expressed anger at the speech.

    A Libyan woman who gave her name as Salma, said: "The speech was very, very bad."

    "The speech was very disappointing because he threatened the Libyan people with killing, hunger and burning. He did not offer mercy for the souls of the martyrs who were killed."

    PROTESTERS CONTROL BENGHAZI

    Gaddafi supporters were in central Tripoli's Green Square on Monday, waving flags and carrying his portrait.

    Saif al-Islam's cajoling is unlikely to be enough to douse the anger unleashed after four decades of rule by Gaddafi -- mirroring events in Egypt where a popular revolt overthrew the seemingly impregnable President Hosni Mubarak 10 days ago.

    In the eastern city of Benghazi, protesters appeared to be largely in control after bloody clashes with troops and police.

    "Youths with weapons are in charge of the city. There are no security forces anywhere," University of Benghazi professor Hanaa Elgallal told Al Jazeera International television.

    Salahuddin Abdullah, a self-described protest organiser, said: "In Benghazi there is celebration and euphoria...The city is no longer under military control. It is completely under demonstrators' control."

    There were reports that soldiers who refused to fire on civilians were executed by commanding officers in Benghazi.

    "We have buried today 11 bodies of soldiers who refused to fire on civilians and were executed by Gaddafi officers.. The bodies were cut, heads in one side and legs in the other...it is a crime what is happening here," said Elsanous Ali Eldorsi, a retired judge in Benghazi.

    At least nine towns in the east, including Benghazi, Zuara and Zlitan, were under the control of protesters loyal to tribal groups, the president of the International Federation for Human Rights in France told Reuters.

    Human Rights Watch said at least 233 people had been killed in five days of violence, but opposition groups put the figure much higher. Most were in Benghazi, a region where Gaddafi's grip has always been weaker than elsewhere.

    Support for Gaddafi, who seized power in 1969, among Libya's desert tribes was also waning. The leader of the Al-Zuwayya tribe in the east threatened to cut oil exports unless authorities halted "oppression of protesters."

    Libya is Africa's fourth biggest oil exporter, producing 1.6 million barrels a day. The oil price jumped US$3 to US$89.50 a barrel for US crude on fear the unrest could disrupt supplies.
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    America should immediately stop to support other dictatorial regimes, where the leaders have not been elected by their people. For example, the Saudi royal family in Saudi Arabia. What comes around goes around, oil doesn't justify everything.
    I hope they cut off Gadhafi's head and put it on a pike!
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    I'm a little worried about the outcome of all these uprisings. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease, you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duck View Post
    I'm a little worried about the outcome of all these uprisings. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease, you know?
    Absolutely! I don't know if you have checked on the thread by Aristotle about Iran but I believe he brought up that very thought, that if the fanatical Islamics get into power, it will be much worse for countries like Eygpt.
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    The uprisings are another blow at the ridiculous policies of GWB. These people show the only way to get rid of a tyrant - let the people do it. It should've been the only legitimate way of removing Saddam, by his own people. Some 5000 Americans servicemen and women would still be alive today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    The uprisings are another blow at the ridiculous policies of GWB. These people show the only way to get rid of a tyrant - let the people do it. It should've been the only legitimate way of removing Saddam, by his own people. Some 5000 Americans servicemen and women would still be alive today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loveevhsince79 View Post
    Absolutely! I don't know if you have checked on the thread by Aristotle about Iran but I believe he brought up that very thought, that if the fanatical Islamics get into power, it will be much worse for countries like Eygpt.
    the whole Egypt scenario makes me laugh, they assasinated a moderate leader and put a tyrant in his place for 30yrs and then decided it was a bad idea!
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