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Al Qathafi Calls on Supporters to Gear Up for Battle to Free Rebel-Held Towns
15/08/2011 11:27:00
In yet another audio message on Libyan television that has kept Libyans, his supporters included, baffled with his non-appearance, embattled Libyan leader Muammar Al Qathafi, early Monday called on his followers to prepare for the "battle to liberate" rebel-held towns. Referring to the rebels and NATO, he also predicted a swift end for "the rats" and the "coloniser".

With much of the message inaudible, delivered over a poor quality telephone line, and with the TV station that broadcast "live" his message, saying it was due to a "technical breakdown," Al Qathafi called on his supporters to resist and to "prepare for the battle to liberate" the towns held by the rebels. He delivered the message as the insurgents advanced in western towns, including Zawiyah, Sorman and Gharyan.

The Libyan leader declared that, "The end of the coloniser is close and the end of the rats is close. They (the rebels) flee from one house to another before the masses who are chasing them."

He went on to say: "The coloniser and its agents can now only resort to lies and psychological warfare after all the wars with all the weapons have failed."

At the same time that the audio message was being broadcast, Al Jamahiriya TV also television "live" images of the Green Square in the heart of Tripoli where hundreds of backers brandishing portraits of the "guide" and green Libyan flags of the regime were assembled.

Amid speculations about his immediate departure into exile, and rumours that he has already left the country, Al Qathafi said: "You are hearing from me even under shelling. There will be an end to the shelling, end to the (opposition), end to a defeated NATO, end to the donkeys in the Gulf and the Libyan people will remain."

AL Qathafi has vowed a number of times that he would never leave his homeland, but speculations grew after his address, with many pointing out that considering the poor telephone connection, he might have been delivering his address from outside of Libya. It is the first time that his message was inaudible.

He told the Libyans: "Go to the front always, to the fights, to the weapons, to the battles to liberate Libya inch by inch from the traitors and the NATO. Be ready to fight to liberate our pure and good land."

Six months into the Libyan conflict aimed at forcing the Libyan leader to relinquish power, and possibly even to leave the country that he has been ruling for close to 42 years, and with the rebels getting international support in their effort to oust him, Al Qathafi said that, “The Libyan people will remain and the Fatah revolution (which brought him to power in 1969) will remain.

Defiant as ever, he urged the Libyans: “Move forward, challenge, pick up your weapons, go to the fight for liberating Libya inch by inch from the traitors and from NATO. "Get ready for the fight ... The blood of martyrs is fuel for the battlefield."
This article has ( 1 ) Comment(s)
Name: Aspar
Date: 16/08/2011 09:24:00
This article, like others you have posted recently, shows that this site is two faced. It appears that you are afraid to say the wrong thing which will make the so-called rebels mad and if they succeed, will shut you down. On the other hand, you don't want to upset the government just in case the Loyalists succeed. Which side are you on? When the so-called rebels are advancing, you lean towards them and when the Loyalists make gains, you lean towards them. You are not helping the Libyans in Tripoli at all by not reporting what is happening to them. I thought you would report what is really going on in Tripoli but now I have doubts about where you stand. Stop being so afraid and tell it like it is!
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