protesters who have challenged his regime as “greasy rats” and
“drug-fueled mice” who deserve to be executed.
“These gangs are cockroaches,” he said. “They’re nothing. They’re not 1 percent of the Libyan people.”
In a lengthy address on state TV, Gadhafi, who has ruled since 1969, stood in the ruins of a barracks in
that was bombed by U.S. warplanes in 1986. He waved his fist and
shouted, vowing to die a martyr and urging his supporters to rise up to
help the military crush the popular uprising.
The U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting as
descended into further chaos Tuesday amid reports that Gadhafi’s regime
used warplanes, helicopter gunships and foreign mercenaries against
mounting anti-government demonstrations, witnesses and diplomats said.
The Security Council met in closed-door session in
Condemnation poured in from around the world, including from many of
“We have never seen a government bomb its own people like this,”
A defiant Gadhafi also appeared briefly on state TV
in the early morning hours to deny reports that he had fled the
country. He did not refer to the protests.
“Don’t believe the dogs in the media,” the mercurial
strongman said, holding a large umbrella and wearing a cap with furry
ear flaps. “I’m still here.”
Most communications were down, and reliable
information was sketchy. But numerous reports suggested pro-regime
militiamen and paid African mercenaries were firing indiscriminately
into crowds, sealing off neighborhoods and shooting from rooftops.
In the Fashloum district, an impoverished area that
is an anti-government stronghold, militiamen shot any “moving human
being” with live ammunition and blocked ambulances so the wounded were
left in the streets, an unnamed resident told the Associated Press.
Refugees poured out of the country through border crossings into
Aid convoys with doctors, medical workers and supplies waited in lines to cross into
Opposition forces consolidated control over eastern
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