By Joanne Bladd
Rallies in Dubai and Doha against Gaddafi's regime as death toll in North African country passes 220
Around 90 protesters gathered outside the Libyan Consulate in Dubai on Tuesday to denounce Muammar Gaddafi and call for an end to the ongoing violence in the North African country.
The regime’s green flag was removed from the Consulate’s flagpole as protesters chanted slogans against the Libyan leader, who is facing a bloody battle to hang on to power.
The rally was supervised by anti-riot police, but was allowed to continue.
In neighbouring Qatar, dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Libyan Embassy, calling for an end to Gaddafi’s 42-year rule.
“There is no God but God, and Gaddafi is the enemy of God,” they chanted.
The Qatar government has condemned the “bloodshed” on Libya’s streets and called for calm.
An estimated 233 people have been killed in the North African country, where security forces have reportedly used machineguns, snipers and military planes against civilians.
Libyan diplomats have defected en masse, calling for foreign nations to intervene against what has been described as a massacre.
On Tuesday, diplomats at Libyan embassies in India, France, Australia, Malaysia, Poland and the United Nations, among others, resigned in protest at the bloody crackdown.
“How can I support a government killing our people?” said Ali Aujali, Ambassador to the United States. “What I have seen in front of my eyes is not acceptable at all.”
Ibrahim Dabbashi, Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, said Gaddafi had declared war on the Libyan people.
“The regime of Gaddafi has already started the genocide against the Libyan people,” he said.