German Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced Monday the use of violence against protesters in Libya.
The German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert quoted Merkel as saying that she “strongly condemns” the Libyan authorities’ use of violence against the peaceful protesters, expressing the “shock” of all members of the German government at the news coming from Libya, and asserting that Libyan authorities are not reluctant at all on using violence demonstrators.
Seibert said that Merkel, “appealed for Libyan officials to stick to the safety of all citizens who peacefully protest to demand their legitimate rights, and to open channels of dialogue with Libyan people and opposition.”
In view of the escalating protests in the Libyan coastal city of Benghazi, German Foreign Ministry warned its citizens today of traveling to eastern parts of Libya, saying on the ministry website that it, “clearly warns,” of going to Benghazi, the second largest Libyan city.
Further, the ministry advised all German nationals on the Libyan soil to leave the country, while sources of the German government put the number of the German citizens on the Libyan territories at nearly 500 people.
German Foreign Minister Westerwelle Guido visited Libya last November, and met the Libyan President Muammar Al-Qaddafi on the sidelines of the African-European summit that was held then in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.