Pro-Gaddafi Protesters Mob UN Chief on Visit to Cairo

Added by on March 22, 2011

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was surrounded by pro-Gadaffi demonstrators on Tahrir Square, forcing his convoy to flee into the neighbouring Arab League headquarters.

Pro-Gaddafi Protesters Mob UN Chief on Visit to Cairo

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The 50 or so demonstrators were showing their support for Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi and reacting to the no-fly zone over Libya recently granted by the UN, chanting “Down, Down USA, Libya, Libya” and carrying Gaddafi’s Libyan flag.

Ban’s motorcade was shortly afterwards caught up in a second protest on the square, where hundreds of Egyptians had gathered outside what used to be the foreign ministry to demonstrate for jobs, housing and a better life.

An AFP correspondent said Ban’s convoy was assisted by police and troops in order to make it to a scheduled meeting with the Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.

The visits to the square where protesters forced President Hosni Mubarak off his seat is the latest by a string of international leaders, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Pro-opposition diplomat reported that Gaddafi loyalists and two regime envoys had on Sunday made an attempt at occupying the rebel-controlled mission to the Arab League. They were however evicted by Egyptian troops who also closed down the mission.

Ban and his 15-man strong delegation escaped unhurt from the incident.

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