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40. What's really going on in Gadhafi's Tripoli?
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

CNN's David McKenzie gets away from Libya government minders to talk to ordinary people

"Ninety percent of the people hate Gadhafi," a businessman says

Security forces battle protesters right behind journalists' backs, a cab driver says

The government denies there are anti-Gadhafi protests in the capital



By David McKenzie, CNN
June 19, 2011 -- Updated 1717 GMT (0117 HKT)


Tripoli, Libya (CNN) --

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CNN, like other media here, is under severe government restrictions. But I recently managed to slip away from government minders to talk directly to several Libyans.

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And in the Souq al-Juma neighborhood of the capital, where anti-Gadhafi protests first erupted in February, the government's propaganda bubble is quickly burst.


While international journalists including me were ferried by government minders to a pro-Gadhafi rally at Green Square on Friday afternoon, multiple sources tell CNN that several Tripoli neighborhoods were wracked by running battles between protesters and security forces.


"They were protesting right around the corner. They streamed out of a mosque and onto the small square," said Mahmoud. "Almost immediately Gadhafi forces fired at them with live rounds."


Mahmoud and other sources say that the group was several hundred strong. He claims that three people were killed and that the area was put under lockdown by government security.

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http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/06/19/libya.vo... /




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