Protest against Libya military intervention in London

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Around 200 demonstrators staged a protest near the London residence of British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday against military action in Libya.

The demonstrators waved the green flag of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's regime and chanted "Down, down Cameron; down, down Sarkozy; down, down Obama" opposite the entrance to Downing Street.

The group also brandished placards which read "Stop bombing our families and children" and "We asked for UN observers not cruise missiles."

"We are protesting because Mr Cameron and the British government are leading a war against our country and our people and killing civilians," said Khalifa Elnaddab, a 31-year-old Libyan PhD student studying in Cardiff, Wales.

"They want to break our government and our country," added Elnaddab, who said his studies in electrical engineering were funded by the Libyan government.

Britain, the United States and France launched air and missile strikes on Libya at the weekend aimed at enforcing a UN-mandated no-fly zone and stopping Kadhafi from crushing an uprising.

© 2011 AFP

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