Libyans from Southampton University have been reveling in reports that Colonel Gaddafi has been killed.
After news came through of the overthrown dictator being captured, and some sources claiming his death, several Southampton students have been partying on the concourse this afternoon.
As music of the revolution boomed out over the campus, the gleeful students danced, sang and ululated whilst triumphantly waving a Libyan flag in the air. Chocolates were passed round the gathering spectators.
“Gaddafi said we were rats,” said Ahmeed Alforjani, a third year mechanical engineer. “Now look at him in the gutter.”
Many told the Wessex Scene of friends who had been studying at the university but had left to join rebel forces in the fighting. Some had been killed in combat.
Second year electronic engineer Amin Abraham said: “What Gaddafi had been doing over the years wasn’t obvious at the beginning. Most Libyans in Southampton are anti-Gaddafi, though some weren’t because they were confused, but they see the truth now.”
Plans to set up a Libya Society at the university are underway, as are further celebrations. For now, the only confirmed date in the diary is February 17th when they will be commemorating the first anniversary of Libya’s protests.