Anti-Gaddafi protesters in Malta have raised the flag of independence on the roof of the Libyan embassy. The flag pre-dates the Gaddafi regime.
The building has been declared a ‘free zone’ by the demonstrators.
“We change that flag,” said one of them. “This is the only thing we can do, we can’t do nothing else, we can’t save our people, they are dying every day, a lot dying.”
The Maltese president forced the Libyan ambassador to give up the embassy to the demonstrators, although he himself was allowed to remains in his post.
Around 2,000 Libyans live in Malta. Some are now Maltese nationals, but a large number are people who fled Gaddafi’s regime in search of a better life in Europe.
The protesters in Malta moved on from the embassy to a school sponsored by the Libyan government, but the police prevented them from entering the premises.
After two hours of talks they were unable to change the flag on the school, but vowed to continue their fight in the coming days.