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Defiant Gaddafi Vows To Die As A Martyr As Tripoli Begins To Fall

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February 22, 2011: Reuters Editors / Reuters – February 22, 2011

(Reuters) – A defiant Muammar Gaddafi vowed on Tuesday to die “a martyr” in Libya and said he would crush a revolt which has seen eastern regions break free from four decades of his rule.

Swathed in brown robes, Gaddafi seethed with anger and banged the podium outside one of his residences that was damaged in a 1986 U.S. bombing raid that attempted to kill him. Next to him stood a monument of a fist crushing a U.S. fighter jet.

“I am not going to leave this land. I will die here as a martyr,” Gaddafi said on state television, refusing to bow to calls from his own diplomats, soldiers and protesters who braved a fierce crackdown to clamor in streets for him to go.

Huge popular protests in Libya’s neighbors Egypt and Tunisia have toppled entrenched leaders, but Gaddafi said he would not be forced out by the rebellion sweeping through his vast oil producing nation of just 7 million people, which stretches from the Mediterranean to the Sahara.

“I shall remain here defiant,” said Gaddafi, who has ruled the mainly desert country with a mixture of populism and tight control since taking power in a military coup in 1969.

The White House said the international community must speak with one voice in response to the “appalling violence” in Libya and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States would take “appropriate steps” in time.

But Washington has little leverage over Libya, which was a U.S. adversary for most of Gaddafi’s rule until it agreed in 2003 to abandon a weapons-of-mass-destruction program and moved to settle claims from the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Gaddafi had declared war on his people and told a news conference she would back sanctions on Libya if Gaddafi did not stop the violence.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accused Libya of firing on civilians from warplanes and helicopters. The U.N. Security Council met in closed session to discuss Libya. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights said “systematic attacks” on civilians may amount to “crimes against humanity.”

The Arab League suspended the participation of Libya’s delegation, Al Arabiya television said.

GADDAFI DEFIANT

But Gaddafi was unrepentant. Anti-government protesters were “rats and mercenaries” who deserved the death penalty, he said in the rambling, 75-minute speech. Gaddafi said he would call upon the people to “cleanse Libya house by house” unless protesters surrendered.

He urged Libyans to take to the streets to show their loyalty. “All of you who love Muammar Gaddafi, go out on the streets, secure the streets, don’t be afraid of them … Chase them, arrest them, hand them over,” he said.

Libya’s official news agency quoted him as telling Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that “Libya is fine, its people are … holding on to its security.”

Several hundred people held a pro-Gaddafi rally in Tripoli’s central Green Square on Tuesday, a Reuters reporter there said. “Our leader!” and “We follow your path!,” they chanted, waving green Libyan flags and holding aloft portraits of Gaddafi.

“There are several hundred (Gaddafi) supporters making their way into the city center. They are in cars, making lots of noise and carrying his portrait,” said a resident of the Mediterranean coastal city of 2 million, which is key to controlling Libya.

Muammar Gaddafi Remains Defiant

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: All of these dictators being “overthrown” are US puppets for decades. In the case of Ben Ali of Tunisia and Mubarak of Egypt, both are reportedly in “comas” in undisclosed locations. Anybody remember the ridiculous fake video of Saddam Hussein supposedly being hung? – SJH

Saddam Hussein Hanging

Link to original article below…

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/22/us-libya-protests-idUSTRE71G0A620110222

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