Thousands of people marched through the streets of Tripoli, Libya, on Sunday (4 April) to attend a mass rally that was addressed by the country's leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
Thousands of people marched through the streets of Tripoli, Libya, on Sunday (4 April) to attend a mass rally that was addressed by the country's leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. He told the crowd that he would help Egyptian and Tunisian workers and students to undermine their two "pro-imperialist" regimes.
The Libyan news agency, ARNA, reported that Colonel Gaddafi said that Libya would share with them "their strenuous struggle to get rid of their shackles". But the Libyan leader did not give details as to how this would be done.
The news agency said that the crowds had earlier marched through the streets proclaiming their loyalty to Colonel Gaddafi. The agency said that the demonstration of support represented the "practical answer to offensive campaigns (against Libya) by the puppet regimes in Egypt and Tunisia."
Egyptian and Tunisian officials allege that Libya mounted a campaign to repatriate thousands of Egyptians and Tunisians in retaliation for the arrest of 27 Libyans in Egypt. The Libyans were arrested early last month on charges alleging that they had been sent to Egypt to carry out assassinations, kidnappings and sabotage.
Shortly afterwards the Libyan government began expelling Egyptians. In mid-March Reuters reported official Egyptian sources as saying that more than 25,000 Egyptians had been expelled. The refugees were arriving in their hundreds at the Salloum refugee centre near the joint Libyan-Egyptian border area.
Some of the refugees, most of whom were building workers, claimed that Libyan troops fired over their heads after they had disembarked from trucks at the customs area. They also claimed that their luggage and money had been confiscated by the Libyan authorities.
SYNOPSIS: Supporters of the Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, attended a mass rally in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday, to demonstrate their support for him. According to the Libyan news agency, many thousands of people took part. They had marched through the streets of the city to the stadium where Colonel Gaddafi addressed them. In his speech he attacked Egypt and Tunisia.
Colonel Gaddafi told the crowd that he would help Egyptian and Tunisian workers and students to undermine their two "pro-imperialist" regimes. He said that Libya would share with them "their strenuous struggle to get rid of their shackles. But he did not give details of how it would be done.
He claimed that the Tunisian government planned to spoil development plans in the Libyan Arab Republic, and he called for the withdrawal of Tunisian workers from Libya. Egypt and Tunisian have alleged that thousands of their countrymen have been expelled following the arrest of 27 Libyans in Egypt last month, on charges that they planned assassinations, kidnappings and sabotage.