Libyan embassies in many world capitals, including London, Paris and Washington, were taken over on Monday (3 September) by people's committees of students and workers.
Libyan embassies in many world capitals, including London, Paris and Washington, were taken over on Monday (3 September) by people's committees of students and workers. The change from the traditional form of representation aborad came in answer to a call from Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to mark the tenth anniversary of the Socialist revolution that brought him to power. All take-overs were reported peaceful and were carried out according to principles outlined in Colonel Gaddafi's Green Book.
SYNOPSIS: The take-over at Libya's London Embassy was one of the several that changed hands on Monday (3 September).
Colonel Gaddafi in his anniversary speeches in the capital, Tripoli, announced his plan for mobilising the Libyan people against any "Fascist" insurgence.
He said the "people's bureaux", replacing embassies abroad would continue to represent the country at a time when the Libyan government had disappeared and people's power had taken over.
The committees of people untrained as diplomats, are to run the embassies in accordance with the Libyan people's will. A spokesman for the committee, Mohammed Kousa, explained through interpreters the reasons for the move.