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Libyans celebrate freedom on day of Gaddafi's coup anniversary

Thursday, September 01, 2011 - 01:31

Sept. 1 - On the 42nd anniversary of the coup in which Gaddafi took power, Libyans celebrate their new-found freedom. Nick Rowlands reports.

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September 1st marks the anniversary of the 1969 al Fateh revolution which brought Muammar Gaddafi control of Libya. He wrested power in a bloodless coup from the ageing King Idris, who had been the country's monarch since independence from Italy in 1951. For rebel leaders who have fought to topple Gaddafi for the past six months, Thursday symbolises the end of 42 years of political repression and economic isolation. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) INTERIOR MINISTER FOR NATIONAL TRANSITIONAL COUNCIL, AHMED THRAT: "It was not a revolution, it was a coup by Gaddafi after he stole a whole country, but now we will celebrate in our way the liberation of all Tripoli." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LIBYAN REBEL, MILAD MOHAMMED KASSEM: "It used to be called al Fateh, but that's it, it's over, now Libyans are celebrating the fact that there is no Muammar, no al Fateh anymore, the old government is dead, now it's freedom." Anti-Gaddafi fighters believe they are closing in on the final remnants of the former regime. Meanwhile, Libya's interim leaders have gathered in Paris with their international partners to coordinate the political and economic reconstruction of the country, 42 years to the day since Gaddafi toppled King Idris. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Libyans celebrate freedom on day of Gaddafi's coup anniversary

Thursday, September 01, 2011 - 01:31