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Libyan opposition: Gaddafi must go

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Libyan opposition: Gaddafi must go


The protests in Libya are particularly striking. Not only is dissent almost unheard of – as in many other Arab nations – but the country’s identity is firmly intertwined with its charismatic and unpredictable leader Muammar Gaddafi.

He claims Libya is run by the people via a network of committees. But many observers see a police state, with the colonel firmly in charge.

How widespread is opposition to Gaddafi’s rule? What do the protesters want?

Euronews spoke to a leading opposition figure in exile. Dr Hadi Shelluf is also a lawyer with the International Court of Justice.

Sami Fradi, euronews:

What is happening at the moment in Libya?

Dr Hadi Shelluf, in Paris:

There is a popular uprising spreading throughout Libya, especially in the east, west and south, it’s a big popular uprising. And in all the country’s regions there is a general rejection of Gaddafi’s regime and a popular demand for Gaddafi to step down.


Are the demonstrations organised by anyone either within the country or from outside?

Dr Hadi Shelluf:

There is certainly no internal or external group driving this uprising. It’s a popular uprising whose source is among Libyan youth and the people, who’ve discovered after 42 years that this regime is not only a dictatorship but also a regime which has squandered the country’s wealth. Some are demanding that those in charge of the regime be brought to justice for the crimes they have committed, and that money that’s been stolen be returned.


Is there a tribal conflict between those for and against (the regime) – or is this a civilian rebellion?

Dr Hadi Shelluf:

There is no conflict between either tribes or clans. There is a popular uprising and a revolution, and not a rebellion – in order to create a legal state and democratic institutions. We demand that a government of transition be formed as soon as the administration falls, and then for a commission to draw up a constitution, so that we move from a chaotic situation to a state with a rule of law and democratic institutions.


How do you see the protests developing?

Dr Hadi Shelluf:

These protests are going to continue until the regime is toppled in Libya and all the accomplices of the Libyan regime are arrested. We will demand that they be judged according to the law. We ask the European Union and the United States to urge Gaddafi to go. We want a constitution and elections which will be supervised by the international community.


Thank you Dr Hadi.

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