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article imagePolice storm Libyan Embassy in Stockholm

By Samuel Okocha     Aug 11, 2011 in World
Seven men were arrested Thursday after they broke in to the Libyan embassy in Stockholm, threatening to kill themselves or set fire to the building if their demands were not met. Their arrest came after police stormed the embassy.
The men were said to have hung a flag of the Libyan revolution on the embassy's door while they threw pictures of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi out of its windows, suggesting a protest against the regime in Tripoli.
"We will kill ourselves if you try to come in," one poster hung outside of the embassy read, Aljazeera reports.
"We tried to negotiate with these people, but came to realise that the negotiations would not succeed, and since there was a real danger that human lives could be lost and of serious material damage, we went in,'' Aljazeera quotes Police spokesman Ulf Goeranzon as telling the AFP news agency.
"We arrested seven people. They have been removed from the building and they are now being interrogated at a police station."
Police had initially thought there were staff in the embassy. It was however later confirmed that the building was empty at the time of the break in.
According to the Police; the demonstrators likely carried flammable liquids in with them.
Aljazeera reports none of the protesters demands were made clear, adding it was not clear if those arrested were Swedish nationals or residents.
Activist Helmi Alnadori however told the Reuters that two of the protester contacted him saying they were all asylum seekers whose applications to remain in Sweden had been denied.
In May, Sweden expelled two Libyan diplomats accused of inappropriate activities. They were reportedly Tripoli's last two representatives in the Scandinavian country.
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