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The Scene in Tripoli

8:08 AM, Aug 22, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Rebels flooded Green Square (now being called Martyr Square) in Tripoli last night: 

"Heavy clashes," the AFP reports, "have broken out near Muammar Gaddafi's compound in the Libyan capital. Rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdel-Rahman said tanks emerged from the complex, known as Bab al-Aziziya, early Monday and began firing. Fighting was also heard in the south of the capital from about 6am on Monday (1400 AEST), with heavy weaponry and automatic rifle fire being deployed."

And the New York Times reports that rebels control much of Tripoli: 

Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s grip on power dissolved with astonishing speed on Monday as rebels marched into the capital and arrested two of his sons, while residents raucously celebrated the prospective end of his four-decade-old rule.

In the city’s central Green Square, the site of many manufactured rallies in support of Colonel Qaddafi, jubilant Libyans tore down posters of him and stomped on them. The rebel leadership announced that the elite presidential guard protecting the Libyan leader had surrendered and that their forces controlled many parts of the city, but not Colonel Qaddafi’s leadership compound.

The National Transitional Council, the rebel governing body, issued a mass text message saying: “We congratulate the Libyan people for the fall of Muammar Qaddafi and call on the Libyan people to go into the street to protect the public property. Long live free Libya.”

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