Sheffield Libyans protest outside town hall

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Members of Sheffield’s Libyan community protested against Colonel Gadaffi’s regime outside Sheffield town hall yesterday.

Libya is the latest in a string of nations across North Africa to be subject to protests for democratic reform, and security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas on protesters in the streets of Tripoli late on Sunday.

Abdel Gawad Shatwan, a Libyan postgraduate student at the University of Sheffield, said he was protesting in response to comments made by Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, who suggested that the current unrest could result in civil war.

“We thought he was going to express his sorrow for what’s going on and say something that would comfort the people.

“Instead, he has said there will be a river of blood in Libya.”