Qaddafi Reportedly Flees Libyan Capital [Updated: To Venezuela?]


Is Libya the next domino to fall? As Muammar Qaddafi’s son warns of civil war, protests have spread from Libya’s second-largest city, Benghazi, to the capital of Tripoli. Reuters reports that “security forces were looting banks and other government institutions … and protesters had broken into several police stations and trashed them.” The parliament building was also on fire this morning, and 61 people were reportedly killed over the course of the day. At least according to one report in the Daily Mail, Qaddafi and his highly flammable perm aren’t sticking around to find out how this all turns out. [Daily Mail UK, Reuters]

Update: According to British Foreign Secretary William Hague, there is “some information that suggests” Qaddafi is on his way to Venezuela, although Al Jazeera English reports that Venezuelan officials deny it.