Libyan consul in The Hague sides with rebels

18th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Libyan consul and chargé d'affaires in The Hague have definitively switched their allegiance to the rebels, Chargé d'Affaires Ahmed Tabouli told Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

“We have distanced ourselves from the regime in Libya because of the crimes against the Libyan people, who demand their right to freedom, democracy and justice,” Mr Tabouli said. The announcement had no connection with the UN Security Council resolution to implement a no-fly zone over Libya, he added.

The decision was taken immediately after the uprising began, Mr Tabouli said, and “since then there has been no further contact with the regime in Tripoli.” The Libyan community in the Netherlands and Dutch government were already aware of the move.

The consul and chargé d'affaires do not intend to resign, but will continue to work as “representatives of the Libyan people and Libyan revolution”.

A fortnight ago the consulate replaced the green national flag introduced by Muammar Gaddafi in 1977 with the old red, black and green flag, now symbolic of the resistance against the Colonel Gaddafi’s regime. The switch of flag was initiated by the Libyan League for Human Rights. The Libyan consul gave his permission for the changeover, but made no further comment.

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