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Germany: Libyan regime has 'lost all legitimacy'

The Local · 23 Feb 2011, 17:39

Published: 23 Feb 2011 17:39 GMT+01:00

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"Again today, the news and pictures from Libya show that Colonel Qaddafi has declared war on the Libyan people. Such a government has lost all legitimacy," said Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy spokesman.

"The federal government condemns in the strongest possible terms the mindless brutality and disrespect for human dignity," added Christoph Steegmans at a regular news conference in Berlin.

He added that Germany and its EU partners were considering options for sanctions against Tripoli and stressed that its "highest priority" was securing the safety of the estimated 250 Germans still in the country.

"We are on the side of the people in Libya who are demonstrating peacefully for freedom, democracy and a better quality of life," Steegmans said.

"Political change will come also to Libya and Germany and the EU is preparing to accompany this political process," he added.

On Tuesday, Merkel had condemned as "very scary" a televised address by Qaddafi in which he vowed to hunt opponents of his regime, purging them "house by house" and "inch by inch."

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told reporters there were an estimated 150 German citizens in the capital Tripoli and around 100 in other parts of the country.

On Tuesday, a special Lufthansa flight and two military aircraft were able to pull an estimated 350 German and other European citizens to safety, Westerwelle said.

He added that another Lufthansa plane, a government Airbus and two further military planes were available for further rescue missions.

An Airbus A340 plane landed at 10:00 pm at Frankfurt's airport after a three-hour delay. Passengers, many relieved to be back on German soil, told of gunfire in the streets, empty supermarkets and a popular uprising that appears to be growing.

"There is a huge revolt going on there," said Eva King-Leonhard. "The population is arming itself and many are buying up everything in the stores in a panic."

Christian Treusch, who had been in Libya with his wife and two children, had one word for the last few days they spent in the country, rocked by protests and a deadly response by security forces: "Bad."

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"We didn't see any dead bodies, but heard a lot of gunfire," he said. He had originally gone to Libya on business and brought his family over six weeks ago.

"Now we're just glad to be back," he said.

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08:00 February 23, 2011 by auniquecorn
I hope Gaddafi did´nt slip on a pair of lederhose and sneek on the plane.
17:41 February 23, 2011 by cheeba
The Swiss have frozen Mubarak's bank accounts. The French denied entry to Ben Ali and seized his plane and property.

Khadafy knows there will be no comfortable exile for him and his sons so they will fight to the end, like Hitler and take a few hundred thousand innocents with them.

This is the price we pay for all the anti-impunity campaigns.
19:41 February 23, 2011 by ErickDDiaz
Hey!!!!! ANother U.S invasion... WMD's yaaa lets go.
01:49 February 24, 2011 by Zlik
For Fear to be hunted down, I detect that too, ( various). ID'd the aggressor.

Like the Kid say's Da gig is up. Vaporate, Like yesterday, Quaddafi!!

He Is a MadMan.
07:08 February 24, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Mubarak and Qadaffi are only canaries in the coalmine.

The Middle East will be with 'one voice' soon enough.
08:18 February 24, 2011 by marimay
It is funny that the western governments (germany in particular) support this weirdo as long as the oil is flowing. And now they call him "scary" as if he weren't scary before. lol
12:29 February 24, 2011 by wenddiver
Lost his legitamacey? News flash Europe was the only place that ever considered him legitimate, to the rest of the World he was always a crazy terrorist.
20:57 February 24, 2011 by DOZ
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