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Libyan "liberation flag" flies over embassy

Updated tisdag 22 februari 2011 kl 15.30
Published tisdag 22 februari 2011 kl 13.55
Libyan Embassy in Stockholm.

The deputy ambassador at the Libyan Embassy in Stockholm Abdelmagid Buzrigh agreed on Tuesday afternoon to raise the so called liberation flag over the embassy building, the news agency TT reports. The red-black-green flag with ottoman symbols were used in Libya before colonel Gadaffi's coup in 1969.

Before allowing the flag to be raised, the deputy ambassador met with a delegation of three of the demonstrators at the embassy. Idris Smew was one of those who was received at the embassy. He told TT afterwards that Mr Buzrigh was initially very diplomatic, as they asked him about his position when it comes to developments in Libya. But as the delegation asked him to make an official stand, "he finally said 'I am with the people' and agreed to raise the liberation flag," says Idris Smew.

The deputy ambassador also agreed to show himself on the steps to the Embassy building and waved to the approximately hundred demonstrators that had gathered outside. At the sight of the raised flag, laughter and cheers broke out among the demonstrators, TT reports. Several of them went down on their knees, and there were tears and hugs.

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