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Libyan diplomat resigns in Morocco

2011-02-22 18:12

Rabat - A diplomat working in Libya's embassy in Morocco has resigned to protest the "daily extermination of the (Libyan) people," he told AFP on Tuesday.

"I announce to you that I no longer represent this regime. It is a regime that is carrying out a daily extermination of the people," said Azeddine Louaj, who works in the press service of the embassy in Rabat.

Libyan security forces have cracked down severely on mounting protests against the 42-year-old regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, which began late last week, following the precedents of Tunisia and Egypt.

The toll from the repression runs into the hundreds, according to international rights watchdogs. Human Rights Watch has cited 233 dead, while the International Federation of Human Rights says that between 300 and 400 people have lost their lives.

"As soon as the situation allows, I will return to my country to join the demonstrators against the regime," Louaj said.

Some Libyan ambassadors, notably at the United Nations and in Australia, have already declared that they have severed ties with Colonel Gaddafi and his regime.