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Libyan flag torn down at London embassy

Last Updated: Friday, March 11, 2011 - 15:41

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, March 11, 2011 - 15:41
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