Some forty Libyan students picketed their country's people's Bureau (embassy) in London on Wednesday (11 June).
GV & SV Demonstrators wearing masks and carrying banners stopped by police outside Libyan embassy in London
SV Leader of demonstration asked by policeman to confine protest to designated area. Demonstrators move off
CU Picture of Libyan Jamahiriyah leader, Colonel Gaddafi on "Wanted" banner
CU Leader of demonstration talking to Visnews reporter John Darby
GV Police guarding Libyan Jamahiriyan People's Bureau (2 shots)
CU Demonstrators wearing masks and carrying banners (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: DEMONSTRATOR: "Because it's the deadline Gaddafi has set for all Libyans who disagree with him to go back to Libya and face some kind of a court, which is a certain death. We are here to show the people what's going on in Libya, and to show the people in the bureau, or whatever they call it, that we are simply outraged and we will keep on."
DARBY: "Why are you masked?"
DEMONSTRATOR: "To protect our families in Libya, as simple as that. To protect our mothers, sisters, brothers, because if any of us is recognised, they will punish him through killing family."
REPORTER: JOHN DARBY
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Background: Some forty Libyan students picketed their country's people's Bureau (embassy) in London on Wednesday (11 June). At least the same number of police escorted the demonstrators, confined to the opposite pavement some 50 metres (yards) from the bureau in London's St. James' Square. Police reported no incidents and the demonstrators dispersed after two hours.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals. With their placards, they denounced the Libyan Jamahiriyah leader Colonel Gaddafi and what they called his "repressive regime of anarchy". In recent weeks, three Libyans have been assassinated in London and the demonstrators blame what they call Colonel Gaddafi's "death squad" for the killings. They say the Libyan People's Bureau was involved in the assassinations and demanded its closure. Britain's Foreign Office described the status of the London Bureau as "very confusing". Last week, three members of the bureau were expelled, but the Foreign Office says there is no connection between the assassinations and the People's Bureau. The leader of the demonstration explained why they picketed the bureau....
There were police on duty outside the Libyan People's Bureau. Last week British Home Secretary William Whitelaw said any Libyan who feels threatened should go to the police for protection. Libyan exiles claim there is a death list against them, containing some two thousand names.