Protesters on roof of Libyan embassy in London

16th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Protesters climbed on to the roof of the Libyan embassy in central London on Wednesday in a demonstration against Moamer Kadhafi's regime, replacing the national flag with one used by Libyan rebels.

Five young men made victory signs and held up the Libyan monarchist flag, a black, red and green standard with a crescent and star which Kadhafi has banned for more than 40 years.

The flag has been used worldwide as the symbol of solidarity with rebels fighting a bloody battle with pro-regime forces in Libya.

The men had sleeping bags with them and a police spokesman said they had climbed up on the roof of the building in the smart Knightsbridge district at about 2:50 am (0250 GMT).

Police officers tried to persuade them to come down from the building.

"Two other men aged 25 and 26 were arrested" for trespassing after trying to climb onto the roof, the spokesman said.

Britain, France and Arab nations led by Lebanon spearheaded a new push at the UN Security Council on Tuesday to establish a Libya no-fly zone to stop air attacks on the rebels, but faced resistance from Russia and China.

© 2011 AFP

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