August 23, 2019

Gaddafi calls for mass protests against NTC

NTC troops play the 'how many fingers am I holding up' game during a lull in the fighting around Bani Walid.

Libya’s deposed leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has called on Libyans to come on to the streets “in their millions” to resist the nation’s interim leaders.

In an audio message broadcast on Syrian-based Arrai television, he says conditions in Libya have become “unbearable”.

The message comes as heavy fighting continues between anti-Gaddafi forces and loyalists for the city of Sirte.

Colonel Gaddafi has not been seen in public for weeks and his whereabouts are unknown.

Sending out audio tapes Muammar? How 1980’s is that? Osama has already done the whole leader in hiding audio tape thing to death. It is time to be original. Why not send a message from deep space to your followers?

Col Gaddafi and his spokesman have regularly used Arrai as a means of getting his message across since he was forced from the capital, Tripoli, by forces of the National Transitional Council (NTC) on 23 August.

It was unclear when Thursday’s poor quality broadcast was recorded, but in it he says: “I call on the Libyan people, men and women, to go out into the squares and the streets in all the cities in their millions.”

“Go peacefully… be courageous, rise up, go to the streets, raise our green flags to the skies.”

“Don’t be afraid of anyone. You are the people. You have right on your side. You are the rightful people of this land.”

Colonel Gaddafi questioned the right of the NTC to govern, asking: “How did it get its legitimacy? Did the Libyan people elect them? Did the Libyan people appoint them?”

He added: “To those who recognise this council, be ready for the creation of transitional councils imposed by the power of fleets [Western powers] to replace you one by one from now on.”

One thing we can be sure of is that Colonel Gaddafi will not be among the millions who will take to the streets. It seems that the call to have no fear does not apply to the top echelons of the old regime.