May 30, 2011 / 9:21 PM / 7 years ago

Activist video shows big anti-Gaddafi protest in Tripoli

RABAT, May 30 (Reuters) - A video posted to the Internet on Monday shows hundreds of angry funeral mourners chanting slogans against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, in what activists said was proof that protests were growing in the capital.

Gaddafi has retained control of Tripoli and the west of the country while the east has fallen into the hands of rebels.

Western leaders in charge of a two-month old NATO-led air campaign against his forces say they will not stop bombing until Gaddafi steps down.

Foreign journalists in Tripoli have limited freedom of movement and have had difficulty verifying the extent of hostility or support for the Libyan leader in a capital city controlled by a fearsome security apparatus.

The video showed hundreds of demonstrators at a funeral, filling a street and chanting “Muammar is the enemy of God!” and “God loves martyrs!”

Activists said it was filmed on Monday at the burial for two slain protesters in the Souq al-Jumaa suburb of the capital, an area that has seen some clashes between demonstrators and government security forces in the past.

It was not immediately possible to verify the location and time of filming.

An activist who posted the video on the user-based YouTube site said the funeral had been dispersed by Gaddafi’s security forces, who arrived in trucks and fired live ammunition. This could not be verified.

The strength of Gaddafi’s support in the capital is difficult to gauge. Much of the city remains festooned with portraits of the leader and walls are covered with pro-Gaddafi graffiti. Protests against him appear to be furtive and quickly suppressed. (Rabat newsroom)

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