Libya uprising – live updates

Then guardian is carrying live updates from Libya. They make for compelling if devastating reading. Tanks and soldiers firing on unarmed protestors. You can follow the news here: live updates

Key Passages:

From Zawiyah

The Gaddafi regime has cut all mobile and landline communications with the town in the last days, and accounts of today’s fighting had to be phoned through from a witness who had driven out of the area of the fighting.

Residents described a hail of bullets with women and children being killed and families trapped within their homes by the ferocity of the fighting.

Sky News’ own reporter reports that:

We have seen with our own eyes Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces firing on peaceful protesters.

The Guardian reports how reporters are treated:

The reality is that journalists cannot operate freely in Tripoli at all, despite repeated promises from individuals including Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, and the deputy foreign minister, Khalid Khayem.

In recent days the Guardian has been held twice for testing this promise, once for six and a half hours outside the town of Zawiyah – which included a visit to an intelligence barracks. During that episode, journalists were told they would be blindfolded and taken to an undisclosed location.

On the second occasion, the Guardian reporter was held for three hours by paratroopers at a checkpoint with three other British journalists, among 24 who were detained across Tripoli on a single day.

Other nationalities – all with permission to work as reporters in the country – have been subjected to far harsher treatment: some have been held overnight, physically assaulted by militia or threatened with loaded weapons.

Lord have Mercy

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