Egypt leader heckled in Tripoli over Gaddafi fugitives

January 16, 2012 23:37


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TRIPOLI - Protesters forced their way into a Tripoli hotel where Egypt's military leader was meeting Libyan officials on Monday and lambasted him for failing to extradite supporters of ousted LIbyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who have fled to Egypt.

The angry reception for Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the ruling military council, will add to his problems at home, where opponents accuse him of being out of step with the "Arab Spring" revolutions which last year forced out the rulers of Egypt and Libya.

As Tantawi walked through the lobby of the Corinthia Hotel in central Tripoli, surrounded by Libyan and Egyptian security details, about a dozen protesters held up placards demanding Cairo hand over "symbols of the former regime."

Ashour bin Khayal, foreign minister in Libya's new government, tried to persuade the protesters to leave the building. But one of them shouted at him: "Fifty thousand Libyans were killed for the sake of freedom!"

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