Gaddafi’s capture: Reaction


Below are reactions from Libya and around the world to reports that ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi has been captured, and possibly killed.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy

“The reported death of Muammar Gaddafi marks the end of an era of despotism and an end also to the repression from which the Libyan people have suffered for too long. Today Libya can turn a page in its history and embrace a new democratic future.”

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

“We hope that there will be peace in Libya, and that all those who are governing the state, different representatives of Libyan tribes, will reach a final agreement on the configuration of power and Libya will be a modern democratic state.”

US Senator John McCain

“The death of Muammar Gaddafi marks an end to the first phase of the Libyan revolution. While some final fighting continues, the Libyan people have liberated their country. Now the Libyan people can focus all of their immense talents on strengthening their national unity, rebuilding their country and economy, proceeding with their democratic transition, and safeguarding the dignity and human rights of all Libyans.

“The United States, along with our European allies and Arab partners, must now deepen our support for the Libyan people, as they work to make the next phase of their democratic revolution as successful as the fight to free their country.”

Mohamed Benrasali, Misrata council member.

“I am ecstatic, over the moon is an understatement. I’ve never seen people like this.”

Hussein Maini, Misrata resident

“We are happy. We are done with him. We are done with his oppression. We have been waiting for this moment for years and now we are at peace because he is gone.”

Amani, resident of Tripoli

“I stopped and I decided not to drive but there are many people out with the flag. People are raising hands out of their cars with the flag, they are celebrating.

“I just hope that it can be confirmed that he has been captured because in my opinion and I’m sure most Libyans feel the same way it will finally bring justice and peace, because even if the whole of Libya is free but Gaddafi is still out there, I don’t think that we will find that peace that we are seeking.”