21 Feb '11, 2am

Muammar Gaddafi's son called protests in Libya a 'foreign plot', and said the country was on the verge of civil war

Muammar Gaddafi's son called protests in Libya a 'foreign plot', and said the country was on the verge of civil war

Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, gestures as he speaks during an address on state television in Tripoli. -- PHOTO: REUTERS CAIRO - SAIF al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of strongman Muammar Gaddafi, said on Monday that Libya was on the verge of civil war and branded the unprecedented protests against his father's rule a foreign plot. Blaming Arab and African expatriates of fomenting unrest in the country, he said the violence was aimed at installing Islamist rule, in a speech on television. 'At this moment there are tanks being driven by civilians in Benghazi,' Libya's second city and an epicentre of the unprecedented protests against Muammar Gaddafi's iron-fisted rule for nearly 42 years. 'We have arms, the military has arms and the forces which want to destroy Libya have arms,' he said. Mr Gaddafi, speaking in Arabic, also pledged a new constitution and new ...

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