S.Africa's Tutu slams Kadhafi violent death

21st October 2011, Comments 0 comments

South African peace icon Desmond Tutu on Friday decried the violent death of Moamer Kadhafi, saying Libyans should have shown "better values" than the dictator who oppressed them for 42 years.

"Mob justice and violence should always be deplored," the 80-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate said in a statement.

"The manner of the killing of former dictator Moamer Kadhafi yesterday totally detracts from the noble enterprise of instilling a culture of human rights and democracy in Libya."

The killing of a human being is not something to be celebrated, he said.

"And the people of Libya should have demonstrated better values than those of their erstwhile oppressor," added Tutu.

"The United States Secretary of State, Ms Hillary Clinton, cannot be proud of her call for his killing," he said.

Clinton in July warned that the strongman's "days are numbered".

Kadhafi who ruled the oil-rich north African country for 42 years was killed on Thursday in crossfire between his supporters and new regime fighters after his capture in his hometown of Sirte.

Tutu was a leading figure in the fight against South Africa's white-minority regime, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his non-violent struggle against apartheid.

© 2011 AFP

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