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Cameron using mercenaries in riots - Libya

2011-08-11 17:37

Rabat - Libyan state television on Thursday said Prime Minister David Cameron was using "Irish and Scottish mercenaries" to tame riots in England.

"The rebels of Britain approach Liverpool in hit-and-run battles with Cameron's brigades and mercenaries from Ireland and Scotland. God is Greatest," said a breaking news caption on Libyan TV's morning programme.

British warplanes and ships, along with those of several Nato allies, have been attacking the forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for months to stop them shelling rebel cities and forces bent on toppling him.

Gaddafi is accused of hiring mercenaries mostly from African states to fight the rebels.

Cameron ordered a surge in police numbers this week to calm London and other cities across England after four days of often unchecked street disorder and looting embarrassed his government and English authorities.

Libya's "mercenary" taunt was part of a morning show traditionally aimed at drumming up sentiment for Gaddafi.

"These (riots in Britain) are not protests fomented by foreign intelligence services," said the show host, contrasting the turmoil in Britain with what Tripoli calls a foreign-hatched plot to unseat Libya's lawful government.

On Wednesday, the Libyan government turned Western rhetoric back on Cameron, saying he "has lost his legitimacy and must go," a formulation that London, Washington and Paris have used to demand Gaddafi quit power after 41 years.

Comments
  • beicime - 2011-08-11 17:48

    Gaddafi, Gaddafi, Gaddafi... Comparing your Libya to Britain is a great try but only the ignorant, retarded and stupid will listen to you.

  • Anton - 2011-08-11 17:54

    The ONLY ones who will listen to this garbage, are some die-hard supporters of this WAR CRIMINAL. They are mainly on these gaddafi sites. No one else is interested in the utterings of this PSYCHOPATH

      Nom-de-guerre - 2011-08-11 18:01

      You really like to speak on behalf of others.

  • slg - 2011-08-11 17:57

    This is revealing. It confirms what Gadhafi has been doing, and denying: the use of mercenaries from other countries to kill Libyans who want change.

  • slg - 2011-08-11 17:57

    This is revealing. It confirms what Gadhafi has been doing, and denying: the use of mercenaries from other countries to kill Libyans who want change.

  • Nom-de-guerre - 2011-08-11 17:58

    The Libyan Government's response to the London riots seems appropriate and it works well as a parody of what actually happened in Libya. They should have thrown Viagra into the mix too though as it would have made the whole thing even more pointedly absurd. The thing is - half of the pictures of the London riots could be sold with captions like 'Cameron bombs his own people' or 'Peaceful protesters turn to violence after Police brutality' if another, more powerful, cunning and influential country wanted an excuse to invade England. Bravo to the Libyan people and their government!

      Majid - 2011-08-11 19:59

      Well said. :) Libya forgot "Cameron is in Venezuela he fled the country" lol

      slg - 2011-08-12 06:05

      This is rich, coming from the two of you, who want the brutal Gadhafi dictatorship to continue and Libyans to continue being denied the right to vote. How do you reconcile supporting a dictator and opposing apparent violence on the part of the English government? It doesn't make sense.

      slg - 2011-08-14 08:48

      Name of War, you're also on record as saying Gadhafi only has the support of one-third of Libyans. This would explain why he doesn't want elections to take place. Wouldn't you agree?

  • ray - 2011-08-11 18:19

    The best way to stop riots in Scotland is to walk around with a charity collection tin!!

  • tommy 2 - 2011-08-11 20:12

    KUDOS ,to the Libyan goverment.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-08-11 21:55

      Congradulations. you've been officially upgraded from a Troll to an Orc.

      tommy 2 - 2011-08-11 22:07

      @MARTIN Are you relinquishing your title................ You can hold on to it 'boet'

      slg - 2011-08-12 06:09

      It doesn't go down well on a South African website to support a brutal dictator who is denying Libyans the basic human right to vote, which is exactly what South Africans fought for under Apartheid.

  • Maria Gornell - 2011-08-12 07:11

    I don't understand why any Irish people would help him after what the British have done to Ireland.

  • Critereo - 2011-08-12 18:41

    Actually "beicime" - Gaddafi is hundred percent right, the self righteous pricks in England has raised an automatic monster against their own regime - the troubles are well deserved and I hope it wrecks and trashes England in the same way they've trashed the world through colonialism. Have you ever been to England? They are a hated bunch of people who think the world dances to their tunes, they derserve to burn.

      slg - 2011-08-14 08:51

      I agree the powers that be in england are overlooking the real causes behind these riots, and they're being heartless and emotionless in their response. But the rest of your post is at least as harsh, wouldn't you say? Where does that get us?

  • Critereo - 2011-08-12 18:42

    We should in fact recognized the UK rioters as the sole legitimate government and arm them - freeze the UK's assets, is that not the example we set in Libya??

      slg - 2011-08-14 08:53

      There are distinct differences. Gadhafi's been in power for over 40 years. Libyans don't have the right to vote. Gadhafi was threatening to kill everyone who didn't do as he ordered them to do. He had exclusive control of state resources including its military. He's a brutal dictator and raving Ego-maniac.

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