Libyan protesters ‘ransack state TV headquarters and set fire to government building’ as anti-Gaddafi unrest takes hold in capital Tripoli
GERRI PEEV and TOM KELLY
UK Daily Mail
Feb 21, 2011
The state television HQ in the Libyan capital Tripoli has been breached by anti-government demonstrators and a government building is ablaze as protests continue in the region.
More than 300 people have been killed in the unrest after Colonel Gaddafi was reported to have contracted foreign mercenaries to quell the most violent protests in his 41-year reign.
As Europe and the U.S. condemned the violence, BP said it planned to evacuate its expatriate staff from Libya while Gaddafi’s son Saif said his family would ‘fight until the last bullet’.
More than 300 victims have been massacred – many by foreign mercenaries – during the government crackdown in Libya’s second city, Benghazi.
Protesters were gunned down in the streets, with reports that helicopter gunships and snipers were used to suppress the uprising.