Google Renames Libyan Green Square to Martyrs’ Square on Maps

Internet search giant Google’s online mapping service has modified the name of a politically sensitive location in Libya.

The change took place on Sunday, barely a few hours later rebel forces stormed Tripoli and pushed back Muammar Gaddafi loyalist forces.

The location whose name was modified holds political importance in the country as the dictator, who has ruled the country for over 41 years now, changed its name from Independence Square to Green Square right after he came into power in 1969.

“Life without dignity has no value, life without green flags has no value. So sing and dance!” Gaddafi proclaimed on February 25th during one of his impassioned speeches at the square, France24.com reports.

The place will now be known as the Martyrs’ Square - the name that has been used by rebel forces even before they took over the place, according to an Associated Press report.

Rebels, having stormed Tripoli destroyed all green flags and portraits of the dictator and exhibited their defiance with the ex-ruler by dancing and singing.

Meanwhile, in a related development, even after tasting a rather bitter defeat in the hands of the rebel forces, the 69 year old ruler has claimed that he will keep fighting till the very end, and won’t surrender to the rebels or any other foreign power.