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Benghazi activist: "we're holding mercenaries"

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It is extremely difficult to get information out of Libya, but Euronews managed to speak to Mohamed Nabous of Radio Free Libya. He is in the city of Benghazi and and was able to tell us what’s happening on the ground.

Mohamed Nabous:

There’s no sign whatsoever of the government forces. Today is our hour of revolution….we’re free now…we’re completely free of the government of Gaddafi.

Euronews:

Colonel Gaddafi gave a speech to the Libyan people today..what was the reaction of the people in Benghazi to what he had to say?

Mohamed Nabous:

Everybody here was scornful of Gaddafi and his speech, that was the reaction of the people in Benghazi. It’s clear that he was scared..it was obvious that he’s lost control of the situation. We’ve prepared a core of 5000 well-armed people in Benghazi to head towards the capital and help our brothers in Tripoli to liberate themselves from the Gaddafi regime… we are a unified people in a unified Libya.

Euronews:

Everyone’s talking about mercenaries in Libya and in Benghazi spreading fear throughout the city and its inhabitants – are you able to confirm that?

Mohamed Nabous:

Yes, it’s a hundred per cent true. I can send you photos and videos to prove it. At the moment we’re holding four mercenaries in the court building but when we try to speak with them we can’t understand what they’re saying.

Euronews:

And do you have any idea on the number of deaths in Benghazi since the start of the clashes?

Mohamed Nabous:

We’re in the process of counting the number of victims…and tomorrow we should have an exact figure of deaths from the hospital and I’ll pass it on to you?

Euronews:

You’ve spoken of the absence of government forces of law and order in the city..how will you run the city safely without them?

Mohamed Nabous:

Popular committees have been formed after the last three days of chaos in the city. These committees are in the process of ensuring the the safety of the inhabitants. Today everyone is following the directives of the committee, which has taken up office in the court building. I should say that the committee has taken the decision to gather up all the arms that it finds in the hands of young people in order to avoid any kind of banditry.

We’ve done this despite the fact there is solidarity among the people here and the young are very well organised. They themselves took this initiative before the committee took the decision.