Dubai protesters stage rally at Libyan consulate to denounce Gadhafi

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — About 100 protesters denouncing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are rallying outside Libya’s consulate in Dubai in a rare political demonstration for the tightly regulated United Arab Emirates.

The rally Tuesday has been watched by police, but allowed to continue. Protesters have chanted slogans against Gadhafi, whose 42-year rule is under unprecedented pressure from an uprising that is struggling to oust the authoritarian ruler despite a vicious crackdown.

Political protests are typically stamped out quickly in the UAE, which is ruled by a federation of powerful sheiks.

The UAE has no parliament, but has an advisory panel picked by a small group of voters.

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