Tripoli : Big Demonstration and Gaddafi Speech [15-08-2011] الجزيرة : كلمة القائد
Gaddafi urges Libyans to take up arms against NATO
TRIPOLI: Libyan state television early on Monday broadcast what it said was a live speech by Muammar Gaddafi calling on the Libyan people to arm themselves to liberate the country from “traitors and from NATO.”
The speech, which was broadcast in audio only with no images, was the first time Gaddafi had spoken in public since rebel fighters launched their biggest offensive in months in the area around Tripoli.
“The Libyan people will remain and the Fateh revolution (which brought Gaddafi to power in 1969) will remain. Move forward, challenge, pick up your weapons, go to the fight for liberating Libya inch by inch from the traitors and from NATO,” the Libyan leader said.
“Get ready for the fight…The blood of martyrs is fuel for the battlefield.”
Gaddafi says the rebels are criminals and al Qaeda militants, and has described the NATO bombing campaign as an act of colonial aggression aimed at stealing Libya’s plentiful oil reserves.
Reporting by Missy Ryan; Writing by Christian Lowe
Editing by Tim Pearce