Libyans overrun Bosnia, Greece embassies

2011-08-22 14:06
Libyans living in Greece rip posters of Muammar Gaddafi during a protest inside Libya's consulate in Athens. (Petros Giannakouris, AP)

Libyans living in Greece rip posters of Muammar Gaddafi during a protest inside Libya's consulate in Athens. (Petros Giannakouris, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Athens/ Sarajevo - Libyans ransacked their country's embassies in Athens and Sarajevo on Monday after rebels overran Tripoli.

In Athens they defaced the building and tore down images of embattled strongman Muammar Gaddafi, TV footage showed.

Private Mega channel broadcast footage of a few protesters inside the embassy compound in the affluent district of Psychiko, surrounded by debris.

One man was seen defacing the embassy entrance with graffiti while another tore off the plaque in front of the building.

The station said the protesters had piled up official portraits of Gaddafi and had torn up copies of the 'Green Book', the short text of the Libyan leader's political philosophy.

They also unfurled the Libya independence banner, the flag originally used by the country before Gaddafi's rise to power in 1969.

There were no reports of injuries in the incident.

Greek media reported that the Libyan ambassador was not present.

A police source said embassy staff had opened the gates to about 25 protesters and had not requested assistance from Greek authorities.

Gaddafi in hiding

Heavy fighting was raging in many parts of Tripoli on Monday, including Gaddafi's compound, after rebels swept through large swathes of the capital during the night.

The whereabouts of Gaddafi himself were unknown on Monday but one of his sons, Saif al-Islam had been arrested while another, Mohamed Gaddafi was interviewed by Al-Jazeera television cowering in his house, afraid to leave.

Meanwhile AP reported that police have surrounded the Libyan embassy in Sarajevo after Libyan nationals entered the building, threw Gaddafi's pictures out of the windows and raised the rebels' tricolour flag.

Former embassy employee, Libyan Amira Berma said on Monday that the ambassador, Salem AA Finnir, was a die-hard Gaddafi supporter who refuses to leave.

Bosnian police are inside and around the building trying to keep ongoing negotiations peaceful.

Berma said the ambassador would inform Tripoli about any sign of disloyalty among staff which always results in harassment of their families back in Libya.

Read more on:    muammar ­gaddafi  |  libya  |  bosnia  |  greece  |  libya protests  |  north africa  |  uprisings
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is easy to get bogged down by things today. The Taurus Moon highlights the comforts and pleasures of life. You may have the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.