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23/02/2011 | Libya - Defiant Gaddafi vows to die as martyr, fight revolt

Reuters Staff

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 already 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 clamouring in the streets for him to go.

Huge popular protests in Libya's neighbours Egypt and Tunisia have toppled entrenched leaders, but Gaddafi said he would not be forced out by the wave of dissent sweeping through his vast and sparsely populated oil producing nation, which stretches from the Mediterranean to the Sahara.

"I shall remain here defiant," said Gaddafi who has ruled Libya with a mixture of populism and tight control since taking power in a military coup in 1969.

The White House offered its condolences for the "appalling violence" in Libya and said the international community had to speak with one voice on the crisis, but Washington has little leverage over Libya which was a U.S. adversary for most of Gaddafi's 41-year rule.

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.

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.

GADDAFI DEFIANT

But Gaddafi was unrepentant. Anti-government protesters were "rats and mercenaries," he said, who deserved the death penalty. Gaddafi said he would call the people to "cleanse Libya house by house" unless protesters surrendered.

Gaddafi urged Libyans to take to the streets to show their loyalty to his government.

"All of you who love Muammar Gaddafi, go out the streets, secure the streets, don't be afraid of them ... Chase them, arrest them, hand them over to the security (forces)," he said.

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 one resident of the city.

"They fired shots in the air to celebrate."

Tripoli, a Mediterranean coastal city of 2 million, is key to controlling Libya, a mostly desert country of only 7 million.

Refugees streaming across the Libya's eastern border into Egypt said Gaddafi was using tanks, warplanes and foreign mercenaries to fight the growing rebellion.

Eastern Libya is no longer under Gaddafi's control, rebel soldiers in the city of Tobruk told a Reuters reporter there.

Tobruk residents said the city had been in the hands of the people for three days. They said smoke rising above the city was from a munitions depot bombed by troops loyal to one of Gaddafi's sons. There was the occasional explosion.

"All the eastern regions are out of Gaddafi's control ... The people and the army are hand-in-hand here," said the now former army major Hany Saad Marjaa.

The U.N. refugee agency urged Libya's neighbours to grant refuge to those fleeing the unrest.

"NO SURRENDER"

On the Libyan side of the border with Egypt, anti-Gaddafi rebels armed with clubs and Kalashnikov assault rifles welcomed visitors. One man held an upside-down picture of Gaddafi defaced with the words "the butcher tyrant, murderer of Libyans," a Reuters correspondent who crossed into Libya reported.

Hundreds of Egyptians flowed out of Libya on tractors and trucks, telling harrowing tales of state violence and banditry.

In the eastern town of Al Bayda, resident Marai Al Mahry told Reuters by telephone that 26 people including his brother Ahmed had been shot dead overnight by Gaddafi loyalists.

"They shoot you just for walking on the street," he said, sobbing uncontrollably as he appealed for help.

Protesters were attacked with tanks and warplanes, he said.

"The only thing we can do now is not give up, no surrender, no going back. We will die anyways, whether we like it or not. It is clear that they don't care whether we live or not. This is genocide," said Mahry, 42.

Human Rights Watch said 62 people had died in clashes in Tripoli in the past two days, on top of its previous toll of 233 dead. Opposition groups put the figure far much higher.

The revolt in Libya, the third largest oil producer in Africa, has driven oil prices to a 2 1/2 year high above $108 a barrel, and OPEC said it would produce more crude if supplies from member Libya were disrupted.

Libyan guards have withdrawn from their side of the border and Egypt's new military rulers, who took power following the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak on February 11, said the main crossing would be kept open round-the-clock to allow the sick and wounded to enter.

"Five people died on the street where I live," Mohamed Jalaly, 40, told Reuters at Salum on his way to Cairo from Benghazi. "You leave Benghazi and then you have ... nothing but gangs and youths with weapons," he added. "The way from Benghazi is extremely dangerous," he said.

As the fighting has intensified some supporters have abandoned Gaddafi. Tripoli's envoy to India, Ali al-Essawi, resigned and told Reuters that African mercenaries had been recruited to help put down protests.

"The fall of Gaddafi is the imperative of the people in streets," he said. The justice minister also quit and a group of army officers urged soldiers to "join the people."

A showman-like figure with his flowing robes and a penchant for female bodyguards, Gaddafi has been one of the most recognizable figures on the world stage in recent history.

He has shunned by the West for much of his rule which accused him of links to terrorism and revolutionary movements. U.S. President Ronald Reagan called him a "mad dog" and sent war planes to bomb Libya in 1986.

Gaddafi was particularly reviled after the 1988 Pan Am airliner bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, by Libyan agents in which 270 people were killed.

**Reporting by Tarek Amara, Christian Lowe, Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Souhail Karam; Brian Love, Daren Butler; Dina Zayed, Sarah Mikhail and Tom Perry in Cairo and a Reuters correspondent in Libya; Henry Foy in New Delhi; Writing by Jon Boyle and Jon Hemming; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Giles Elgood

Reuters (Estados Unidos)

 


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