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Merkel mulls sanctions on 'scary' Gaddafi

The Local · 22 Feb 2011, 21:22

Published: 22 Feb 2011 08:57 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Feb 2011 21:22 GMT+01:00

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"We are calling on the Libyan authorities to stop the violence against their own people," Merkel told reporters at a joint press conference with Greece's Prime Minister George Papandreou.

"If the violence does not stop ... we will consider sanctions," she added.

During his speech on Libyan television, Gaddafi vowed to hunt opponents of his regime, purging them "house by house" and "inch by inch."

Merkel said that the reports being received of the situation on the ground in Libya were "extremely worrying."

"Muammar Gaddafi's speech today was very scary as he has declared war on his own people," Merkel added.

The German Foreign Ministry summoned the Libyan ambassador in Berlin in reaction to escalating violence by security forces against pro-democracy demonstrators in the North African country.

Jamal El-Barag was called to the ministry where officials “stressed” that the violence towards peaceful protesters is unacceptable and must end, they said.

Freedom of speech and the right to gather peacefully must be ensured, and Libyan leaders must seek dialogue with the demonstrators, they added.

On Tuesday Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle spoke in favour of democratic change in the country.

“We can’t stand by and watch people be murdered,” he told broadcaster ZDF. “It is fully clear to us as democrats that we can’t just look on speechless when other democrats must fear for their lives or have them taken.”

He also announced that all German citizens would be evacuated from Libya.

“Everyone needs to get out and we’ll help get it done,” he said.

The Foreign Ministry has issued a travel advisory for the eastern parts of the country, urging people to avoid the country’s second-largest city Benghazi in particular.

All Germans already in the country were urged to leave. Currently some 500 Germans are estimated to live in Libya, many of whom have dual citizenship.

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Meanwhile on Monday the European Union harshly criticised Gaddafi, condemning the crackdown against civilians as the death toll rose to an estimated several hundred.

Among the wave of protests to sweep through the region following the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, Libya has seen the bloodiest resistance from its regime.

On Tuesday morning, reports emerged that security forces there had used fighter jets and helicopters against protesters.

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09:38 February 22, 2011 by wenddiver
We need to cut Mr. Qadaffi some slack. No leader in the world has the sense of style this man does. Democacy is a small thing to give up, in order to be lucky enough to have a leader that dresses better than Michael Jackson. The Middle-East doesn't deserve him, he needs to move next door to Paris Hilton in Hollywood, or by the Neverland Ranch.
10:01 February 22, 2011 by Krim
I use to call Qaddafi the clown of the Arab world but clowns are funny. After watching what he is doing to the Libyan people, this guy is the worst war criminal the Arab world never saw. By the way many ambassadors resigned or are standing against him.
10:24 February 22, 2011 by The-ex-pat
wenddiver.......best laugh I have had in days!
10:41 February 22, 2011 by mixxim
Is he invited to the wedding in London on 29/4?
13:42 February 22, 2011 by Krim
He should find a place to stay in order to receive invitation. I am not sure he will find one. If they find one for him, he will not able to receive mail or to leave the place.

Robert Fisk on Gaddafi

22:31 February 22, 2011 by derExDeutsche
@ mixxim

invited?! he's the MC!

Besides, this is all a farce. Libya is a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council;). Clearly, they are not doing what the Anti-Islam Western Media proposes.
00:19 February 23, 2011 by surayatrue
I have only one question. Why do the UN nothing against this terrible situation? There is so much speaking about this, but no one helps. It is more possible, that many people will be killed without change.

O i know, there is no money to earning, that is the reason.

Medien gives us information but nothing can be change.

I dont think what Merkel said: Sanction, never - we dont have the might to give sanction.

If you want you can make it. WHY do we not start? Can anybody something doing, that many innocent person need not dying? That would be the real question. Without noise.
12:12 February 23, 2011 by freechoice
why is he bundled up with so much clothes?

It's wintery in Libya?
06:12 February 24, 2011 by wenddiver
@The ex-pat- I'm just afraid he's going to ruin a great Pop-culture carreer, by replacing Arnold Schwartnager as the next Republican Candidate for Governor of California.

Super cool idea to get Mercenarys from Africa. There ne is picking out the days's outfit when suddenly he looks at his "What would Lady Gaga do wristband" and says "I wonder what Idi amin Dada's old henchmen are doing?" "I wonder what their hourly rate is?"
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