TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The massed crowds that filled a central Tripoli square each September 1 to celebrate Muammar Gaddafi’s 1969 coup have vanished, replaced this year by tramps and men collecting spent bullet casings for scrap.
Called Green Square during Gaddafi’s brutal 42-year-rule, it was renamed Martyr’s Square to honour those killed during the uprising, when civilians took up arms on February 17 to face down tanks and warplanes to oust the authoritarian leader.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Nigerian Festus Prince said he took his family and ran after he saw a Libyan gang shoot his brother in the head for refusing to hand over money.
His tale is just one of several told by Africans at a camp near Tripoli describing intimidation or outright violence as forces fighting Muammar Gaddafi entered Tripoli.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new military commanders are using informants from among Muammar Gaddafi’s entourage to track down the fugitive former leader, while tightening the noose around his last strongholds to force them to surrender.
Hisham Buhagiar, a senior official in the military body behind Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council, is coordinating efforts to hunt Gaddafi, chased out of his Tripoli compound after a six-month uprising.
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI (Reuters) – Loyal followers of Muammar Gaddafi are refusing to surrender to those who have forced him into hiding, raising the prospect of new fighting in Libya when an ultimatum expires after this week’s Eid holiday.
Keen to consolidate its grip and relief hardships after six months of war, the new ruling council won a $1.55 billion cash injection when the U.N. Sanctions Committee released banknotes frozen in Britain in accounts once controlled by Gaddafi. And Libya may start pumping oil again in days, its leadership said.
ZAWIYA, Libya (Reuters) – - Just before Abdul Adim Gabasa was bundled into the trunk of a car to be imprisoned for the fourth time, he saw a protest that he was sure spelled the end of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Mohammed Adel Bishty, an unemployed 26-year-old, was probably at that same protest in the western Libyan town of Zawiya, before he decided to join the armed uprising against Gaddafi’s 42-year rule.
TRIPOLI, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Police in Tripoli are overcoming fears they would not be welcomed by Libya’s new masters and are slowly returning to work, taking pains to distance themselves from ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi and win the public’s trust.
Visitors to one police station step on a rug featuring Gaddafi’s face and drivers roll over a poster of him at a checkpoint outside.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan forces converged on Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte on Monday, hoping to seal their revolution by capturing the last bastions of a fallen but perhaps still dangerous strongman.
Gaddafi’s whereabouts have been unknown since Tripoli fell to his foes and his 42-year-old rule collapsed a week ago.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – In a part of Tripoli known for its loyalty to Muammar Gaddafi, two men vented their fury over the fall of the Libyan leader, shouting abuse at the media and calling journalists liars, traitors and spies.
The tens of thousands of jubilant Libyans who cheered the rebels on their march to the capital have stolen the media limelight. But among others in the city, anger simmers over the rebels’ successful revolt against Gaddafi’s 42-year-rule.
TRIPOLI, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Libyan rebel forces were
converging on Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte on Monday,
hoping to deliver the coup de grace of their revolution but
uncertain if the fallen strongman was holed up there.
The fugitive Gaddafi’s exact whereabouts where still not
known and it was possible he was still in hiding in Tripoli,
five days after it fell to rebel forces and his 42-year-old
TRIPOLI, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Libya will not extradite Abdel
Basset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie
airline bombing, a minister in Libya’s rebel National
Transitional Council (NTC) said on Sunday.
“We will not give any Libyan citizen to the West,” Mohammed
al-Alagi, the NTC justice minister, told reporters in Tripoli.
The NTC became Libya’s de facto government after rebels streamed
into the capital last week, overthrowing leader Muammar Gaddafi.