Libyan students on Tuesday (13 May) took over their country's embassy in New Delhi to turn it into a "People's Bureau." The move follows similar action in libyan embassies throughout Europe by students implementing the call by the Libyan Jamahiriyah's President Gaddafi for "people's bureaux" to further what he calls "the people's authority".
SV EXTERIOR Embassy of the Libyan Jamahiriyah with banner including portrait of Colonel Gaddafi (2 shots)
CU the Green Book
CU Libyan making statement to newsmen in Arabic. PAN TO SV translator making statement in English
CU Photograph of Colonel Gaddafi
CU Libyan holding copies of the Green Book
SV Another Libyan beside portrait of Colonel Gaddafi
SV Three Libyans chanting Arabic slogans
INDIAN TRANSLATOR SPEAKING IN ENGLISH: "The Libyan people in India did the sacred deed of taking over the embassy which was the representative of a governmental system. Since we have shattered the governmental system and the Libyan people have become their own rulers, and since the continuation of the embassy is not crucial to the authority of the people and the era of the people, we the Libyan people have taken over the embassy turning it into a people's bureau which will be run through a public committee."
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Background: Libyan students on Tuesday (13 May) took over their country's embassy in New Delhi to turn it into a "People's Bureau." The move follows similar action in libyan embassies throughout Europe by students implementing the call by the Libyan Jamahiriyah's President Gaddafi for "people's bureaux" to further what he calls "the people's authority".
SYNOPSIS: The Libyan Embassy in New Delhi was quietly and peacefully taken over by students on Tuesday morning (13 May). They hung a banner and portrait of their leader Colonel Gaddafi at the front of the Embassy. The nine Libyan nationals had arrived in New Delhi shortly before the takeover. They called themselves members of the "People's Committee".
Inside the embassy Colonel Gaddafi's Green Book was on display while outside students explained the takeover.
The New Delhi embassy was one of fifteen Libyan embassies taken over in a similar fashion. In each case, a People's Committee of five was set up. Anyone who was unhappy with the new arrangement was apparently free to leave. In some cases existing embassy staff announced they would stay on. At many of the embassies the take-overs were accompanied by the broadcast of Arabic music, recordings of speeches by Colonel Gaddafi or, as was the case in New Delhi, the chanting of Arabic slogans.