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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

UN Secretary General forced to take refuge after being jostled by pro-Gaddafi protesters in Cairo


There were angry scenes in Egyptian capital, Cairo today when pro-Gaddafi protesters managed to block the path of UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, forcing him to take refuge.
He had to retreat to the Arab League's headquarters after trying to leave a meeting to go to Tahrir Square when he and his nervous-looking bodyguards were stopped.
Anger was vented at him for the UN and U.S. intervention in Libya with protesters saying the troubles in the country were internal matters and not for foreign forces to decide.
A Ban Ki-Moon bodyguard holds his gun as pro-Gaddafi supporters protest outside the Arab League headquarters
A Ban Ki-Moon bodyguard holds his gun as pro-Gaddafi supporters protest outside the Arab League headquarters
Ban Ki-Moon's bodyguards look around nervously amid the shouting and green-flag waving in Cairo
Ban Ki-Moon's bodyguards look around nervously amid the shouting and green-flag waving in Cairo
Protesters were expressing their anger at the United Nations and the United States for their intervention in Libya
Protesters were expressing their anger at the United Nations and the United States for their intervention in Libya
Ban was forced back into the Arab League HQ and is believed to have driven from the building using a different exit.
Protesters carried banners saying "We don't need your help" and "It's not your business"
The incident took place as the UN chief set off to go to Tahrir Square, where the pro-democracy protests in Egypt took place.
He had been at a meeting with Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa to talk about the ongoing situation in Libya.
 
Protesters say that Libya should be left to sort its own problems and the UN Security Council should keep out
Protesters say that Libya should be left to sort its own problems and the UN Security Council should keep out
A woman holds a poster of Gaddafi as the group of protesters try to block the path of Ban Ki-moon
A woman holds a poster of Gaddafi as the group of protesters try to block the path of Ban Ki-moon
As jostling starts, protection officers surround Ban and others hold the crowds back
As jostling starts, protection officers surround Ban and others hold the crowds back
Things become a little frantic as security guards try to get Ban out of the melee
Things become a little frantic as security guards try to get Ban out of the melee
Pro- and anti-Gaddafi protesters fight on the streets in front of the Arab League's headquarters in Cairo
Pro- and anti-Gaddafi protesters fight on the streets in front of the Arab League's headquarters in Cairo
The friction between the two groups came as Ban Ki-moon was forced to find another way out of the Arab League HQ
The friction between the two groups came as Ban Ki-moon was forced to find another way out of the Arab League HQ


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1368492/Ban-Ki-moon-forced-refuge-jostled-protesters-Cairo.html#ixzz1K0WktOiE

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