Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Qaddafi calls rebels "rats and dogs"

AJ: 'Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has addressed supporters in Tripoli as his forces continued a counteroffensive which threatens to force rebels all the way back to their eastern stronghold in Benghazi.

Speaking on Libyan state television, Gaddafi said the outside world is portraying a false image of his country and called those trying to end his decades-long rule "rats and dogs".

He said there was "no internal problem in Libya".

Addressing supporters late on Tuesday, he said: "You are saying Gaddafi is going to leave the country. Do you think Gaddafi would leave?"

"Those traitors who let Libya down during the Italian imperialism, they have left their children with the shame."

The speech, broadcast on big screens in Benghazi, was greeted angrily there by crowds who threw shoes and debris at Gaddafi's televised image.'

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