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.
GV Libyan embassy in London
SV PAN Libyan banner TO banner in English
CU Photographs of Gaddafi pasted on Embassy wall
GV INTERIOR Student leaders seated at table during news conference
CU Spokesman Mr. Mohammed Kousa for the new occupiers of embassy, speaking in Arabic with translation in English
CU Mr. Kousa speaking in Arabic, with English translation
CU PAN Libyan students listening as spokesman continues with translation in English, and news cameramen (3 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: INTERPRETER: "This meeting is just to explain what did the Libyan forces which are in this country, what did they do by taking over the affairs of this embassy and the motives of this step."
INTERPRETER: "It is for fulfilment of the theories in the Green Book which says that committees would be all over, and the power would be in the hands of the people, the arms in the hands of the people."
INTERPRETER: "It was inevitable that this should happen...and it was inevitable that the revolutionary forces and the people in these embassies...should take the initiative to make the change...The committee will be responsible for the running of all the diplomatic departments of the embassy...of the people's bureaux."
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Background: 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.