February 22, 2011 / 6:00 AM / 7 years ago

Libyan embassy in Malaysia calls crackdown "barbaric, criminal"

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The Libyan embassy in Malaysia on Tuesday sided with people denouncing strongman Muammar Gaddafi after a crackdown that has killed dozens of people taking part in anti-government protests in Libya.

An embassy statement was issued as the Libyan ambassador to India said he had resigned and called on the U.N. Security Council to help protect his people.

“We strongly condemn the barbaric, criminal massacre and the total elimination of our innocent civilians,” the embassy in Malaysia said after it was briefly occupied by around 200 protesters.

The protesters smashed a portrait of Gaddafi and hauled down the country’s flag to replace it with what they said was a pre-Gaddafi flag. There were no clashes during the occupation and no arrests and the protesters left the embassy grounds peacefully.

“We can no longer express how angry we are. The Libyan people have already said ‘no’ and they reply with bloodshed,” said Marwa Mastor, one of the protesters in Kuala Lumpur.

Osama Ahmed, a counselor at the embassy, told Reuters that the ambassador here would remain in place to help around 5,000 Libyans living in Malaysia.

Reporting by Razak Ahmad; Writing by David Chance

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