Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Libya Protest: Latest Updates on 23/2/2011

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On the morning of the 23rd, the British foreign minister William Hague, said in a press release that there are "many indications of the structure of the State collapsing in Libya". He also urged the Libyan state to listen to people's demands.

Luxembourg's foreign minister Jean Asselborn called the situation in Libya a genocide and called for massive intervention from the international community. He argued a resolution was now needed allowing control of Libyan airspace so as to stop mercenaries entering the country. He called Gaddafi a "sick and dangerous" "tyrant"

Nicholas Sarkozy of France called the EU for sanctions against Lybia, he said the international community can't be a spectator as people were being killed in Libya.

Franco Fratini,italian foreign minister said there are credible reports that 1000 people may have been killed by security forces

Peru fully severed diplomatic ties with Libya’s government on the 23rd Al Jazeera reports

On the 23rd, the African Union conducted a "security meeting" on the rapidly changing situation in Libya.

The Warfalla, the largest of the numerous tribes in the country, joined calls from other tribes for Gaddafi to stand down on the 23rd

The Paris based International Federation for Human Rights said that the anti-Gaddafi protesters also control Sirte, Misrata, Khoms, Tarhounah, Zenten, Al-Zawiya and Zouara.

Mr. Mustapha Abdeljalil, the country's justice minister, had resigned earlier in the day, in protest at the "excessive use of violence" against protesters, and diplomat's at Libya's mission to the United Nations called on the Libyan army to help remove "the tyrant Muammar Gaddafi".

Mr. Youssef Sawani, a senior aide to Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, resigned from his post "to express dismay against violence".

Latest reports indicate that the government now only controls a few parts of Tripoli and the southern desert town of Sabha.

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