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Gaddafi fell on first day of revolt: Libyan diplomat

Azeddine Louaj quit his job in the wake of the crimes committed by the Libyan regime against protestors
Azeddine Louaj quit his job in the wake of the crimes committed by the Libyan regime against protestors

A Libyan diplomat resigned from his post in the Libyan embassy in the Moroccan capital Rabat in protest against Muammar Gaddafi’s crackdown on demonstrators and stressed that the regime fell on the first day of the February 17 revolution.

Azeddine Louaj, who works in the press section in the Libyan embassy in Rabat, declared that his resignation together with that of others who work in several Libyan embassies around the world is the least that can be done to condemn the crimes committed by the Libyan regime.

 This is the least we can do with a man who has been practicing all sorts of suppression against his people for the past 42 years 
Libyan diplomat Azeddine Louaj

“Any honorable person who sees his people suppressed and bombed from the land and the sea would quit,” he told AlArabiya.net.

“This is the least we can do with a man who has been practicing all sorts of suppression against his people for the past 42 years, who calls his people ‘rats’ and gives himself the right to exterminate them because they demanded their freedom.”

Gaddafi’s televised speech, Louaj added, made it clear to the whole world that the Libyan leader is “a terrorist and a sadist criminal” and showed how he despises his people as he called them “the worst names.”

Louaj called for putting Gaddafi on trial to make an example of him and deter tyrants and corrupt regimes and demanded that the international community interfere even if to protect their interests.

“The interests of the West, especially Italy and the United States, necessitate that the current situation stops.”

Fall of the regime

 Gaddafi won’t succeed in turning the revolution into a civil war through playing on tribal rivalries 
Libyan diplomat Azeddine Louaj

For Louaj, the Libyan regime fell on the first day because the people have managed to get rid of their fear and they will never go back.

“Gaddafi, whose regime derives its strength from tyranny and bullying, will not be able to restore his grip on the people especially after the mass extermination he is carrying out against them and which made him emerge as a typical war criminal.”

Gaddafi’s desperate attempts to bring several tribe chiefs to his side, Louaj pointed out, are bound to fail.

“Gaddafi won’t succeed in turning the revolution into a civil war through playing on tribal rivalries because the Libyan society with all its echelons and regardless of differences are united in their will to live in democracy and will never give that up.”

Louaj added that if the Libyan people managed to gain independence from foreign occupation, they can do the same with internal occupation and cited a quote by Omar Mukhtar, who led the resistance against the Italian occupation: “We never surrender. We die or win.”

Louaj said that several Libyan students came Wednesday to the embassy in Rabat and removed the Libyan flag after the coup Gaddafi staged in 1969 and replaced it with the old one.

“Then other students who work as spies for the Libyan regime replaced it again with Gaddafi’s flag and the embassy asked Moroccan police to tighten security around the building.”

Clash with regime

Louaj, who is known for his book al-Khaneq wa al-Makhnouq (The Strangler and the Strangled) that discusses the regime’s suppression of intellectuals, was editor-in-chief of the Libya newspaper Quryna, where he used to criticize Gaddafi and his Green book.

“I was dismissed from the newspaper in 2009 and given a post in the Libyan embassy in Rabat to keep me away.”

Louaj goes back to Libya every now and then on instructions from Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the Libyan leader’s influential son.

“I have since kept a distance form the regime especially in my articles and books.”

(Translated from the Arabic by Sonia Farid)

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