Angry Libyans gather outside Turkish consulate in Benghazi

April 5, 2011 22:19


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A group of Turkish diplomats and reporters were holed up inside the Turkish consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Tuesday, as an angry mob of Libyan anti-government protesters tried to force their way in, a reporter inside the complex told the Jerusalem Post.

A reporter from a Turkish outlet said that an initial group of a dozen protesters quickly turned to a mob of 500-600 people kicking at the front doors and threatening to tear down the Turkish flag.The reporter said that the crowd is incensed that the Turkish government has not recognized the Libyan opposition government, but that their anger is directed at Turkish PM Reyip Erdogan, and not the Turkish people. The reporter said that others in the crowd accused the Turkish government of "standing with the Gaddafi regime and killing their sons".

At the moment, consulate staff and reporters are being protected by a contingent of Turkish commandos while they watch developments outside the consulate, the reporter added. 

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