23 February, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi Vows

Col Muammar Gaddafi said he was ready to die "a martyr" in Libya, vowing to crush a growing revolt rejecting his 41-year rule and that has resulted to deadly unrest to the capital and other cities.

He further went on saying "I am not going to leave this land. I will die here as a martyr, "I shall remain here defiant,Anti-government protesters are "rats and mercenaries" who deserved the death penalty, he said in the rambling, 75-minute speech.He also said he would call upon the people to "cleanse Libya house by house" unless protesters surrendered" Gaddafi said all this on state television on tuesday 22nd March 2011.

In response to Libyan ongoing political unrest,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 added, The United States would take "appropriate steps" in time.On the other hand German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would back sanctions on Libya if Gaddafi did not stop the violence.

While the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accused Libya of firing on civilians from warplanes and helicopters, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said "systematic attacks" on civilians may amount to "crimes against humanity."

Latest news has the death toll standing at more than 300, with an 18 month old boy the latest casualty.The conflict in Libya still escalates

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