Libya: This is the End for Gaddafi

As reported by the Austrian daily newspaper Die Presse, the International Criminal Court has confirmed that three sons of the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi have been arrested last night, the rebel forces have taken Tripoli.

Details about the events are still scarce but it seems to be certain that the rebel forces have captured the capital last night, Gaddafi’s personal guard has surrendered and put down their arms. Three of Gaddafi’s son were arrested, the International Criminal Court has already demanded the extradition of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

In his third – and as it seems last – speech yesterday evening the dictator has called upon the people in Tripoli to “take to the streets and fight the rats and traitors. If not, you will become the slaves of the colonialists”.

People are celebrating in the streets of Tripoli, tearing down Gaddafi-portraits and dancing on them. A speaker of the old regime said that at least 1,300 people have been killed during the fights in the city.

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement this morning: “Now is the time to create a new Libya – a state based on freedom, not fear; democracy, not dictatorship; the will of the many, not the whims of a few. That transition must come peacefully.  It must come now. And it must be led and defined by the Libyan people”.

And in a tweet only minutes ago, the U.S. State Department said, that the U.S. have recognized the National Transitional Council as “legitimate governing authority in Libya”.

(Sources: Die Presse, NATO, US State Department; 22 August 2011)


About Johann Brandstätter

Photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Bulgaria, working mainly in the Balkans and the Middle East. Conflicts & crises, social and environmental issues, defense & military, travel, transportation.
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