Tripoli falls to Libyan rebels By KARIN LAUB and BEN HUBBARD, AP 48 minutes ago Must Read?Yes 143 People celebrate the recent news of uprising in Tripoli against Moammar Gadh... TRIPOLI, Libya — Libyan rebels raced into Tripoli Sunday and met little resistance as Moammar Gadhafi's defenders melted away and his 42-year rule rapidly crumbled. The euphoric fighters celebrated with residents of the capital in Green Square, the symbolic heart of the fading regime. Gadhafi's whereabouts were unknown, though state TV broadcast his bitter pleas for Libyans to defend his regime. Opposition fighters captured his son and one-time heir apparent, Seif al-Islam, who along with his father faces charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands. Another son was in contact with rebels about surrendering, the opposition said. "It's over, frizz-head," chanted hundreds of jubilant men and women massed in Green Square, using a mocking nickname of the curly-haired Gadhafi. The revelers fired shots in the air, clapped and waved the rebels' tricolor flag. Some set fire to the green flag of Gadhafi's regime and shot holes in a poster with the leader's image.
UPDATE BY THE FREE GENERATION MOVEMENT
It's true - we never left Tripoli! Now safe to announce that @Tripoli_Latest (Ahmed Shreef) is in fact @Niz_FGM (Niz Ben-Essa) from The Free Generation Movement. Niz & team remained in Tripoli the entire time. Thank you for your concern and well-wishes, we appreciated each and every one.
On the 20th of Feb 2011, peaceful protesters in Tripoli invaded & controlled every district, before the murderous crackdown was initiated by the former Gaddafi regime. That happened in the space of just one night. This time it will be slower....but this time it will be for keeps.
Below is a recap of 21/8 Tripoli events as they unfolded, morning to night: