London: A demonstrator tore down the national flag at the Libyan embassy in London on Thursday and replaced it with the pre-Gaddafi era flag as hundreds of protesters cheered, a report said.
As policemen watched, a masked man climbed the front of the elegant building, tore down the flag and installed the black, red and green flag with a crescent and star which Muammar Gaddafi has banned for more than 40 years.
The flag, which has been adopted by many Libyan opposition supporters, also flew on a flagpole at the nearby Libyan consulate building in the upmarket district of Knightsbridge.
It was unclear however who had installed the pre-Gaddafi flag at the consulate.
Opposition supporter Hisham Benghaldon said: "This is the flag of national unity, it is the real flag of the Libyan people.”
"The tide is turning against Gaddafi, but he refuses to deal with it."
Anti-regime supporters have mounted almost daily protests at the London embassy and on Wednesday demonstrators occupied the GBP 10 million mansion of Gaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, in an exclusive suburb of the city.