Austria's Libyan Embassy condemns violence

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February 23, 2011 15:45

 
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VIENNA — The Libyan Embassy in Austria on Wednesday condemned the use of force against anti-government protesters in its homeland and called for international measures to prevent more victims.

In an unsigned statement, the embassy also said it was on the side of the Libyan people and expressed its condolences to those who have lost loved ones in the crackdown on dissent in the North African country.

The announcement came a day after longtime Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi vowed to defend his rule and called on supporters to crack down on anti-government protesters. Gaddafi's retaliation has already been the harshest in the Arab world to the wave of anti-government protests sweeping the Middle East.

"The Libyan Embassy in Austria hereby affirms that it is representing the Libyan people and wants to express its deepest condolences to the families of the victims," the statement said.

"The Embassy condemns the excessive violence against peaceful demonstrators and calls on the global community to live up to its obligation to protect civilians and take concrete measures to prevent further victims," it said.

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