The Staggers 21 February 2011 Libyan protests: in pictures Solidarity rallies are taking place worldwide as Muammar Gaddafi’s son warns that civil war could be Print HTML Above, a woman shouts in support of the people of Libya in front of the White House in Washington, DC. In a bloody crackdown in Libya's second city, Benghazi, troops and mercenaries fired on unarmed protesters. The current death toll is at least 230. Supporters of the Libyan leader, Muammar al-Gaddafi, kiss his photograph at a pro-government rally in Tripoli. For the first time since the unrest in Libya began, anti-government protests have spread to the capital, with reports of gunfire and tear gas today. More pro-government protesters are seen above. Verifying information from Libya has been difficult amid a government crackdown on the internet and media communications. The Libyan leader's son Saif al-Islam has warned that civil war could hit the country. In a rambling address, he criticised the protesters but promised significant political reforms. He repeatedly said that Libya was "not Egypt or Tunisia". Above, a girl protests outside the Libyan embassy in London. Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi admitted that the police and army had made "mistakes", but said the death toll was far lower than reported. Demonstrators in Cairo, Egypt, shout slogans. Colonel Gaddafi, the longest-serving leader in the Arab world, has ruled the oil-rich state since he staged a coup in 1969. › Morning Call: pick of the papers Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles On Brexit, David Cameron knows exactly what he's doing David Cameron's prisons speech could be the start of something good Q&A: Would Brexit really move “the Jungle” to Dover?