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Defiant Gaddafi vows to remain in Libya: TRIPOLI : A defiant Muammar al-Gaddafi said on Tuesday he would remain

Defiant Gaddafi vows to remain in Libya: TRIPOLI : A defiant Muammar al-Gaddafi said on Tuesday he would remain

TRIPOLI - Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi on Tuesday ordered his forces to crush an uprising that has rocked his 41-year rule, warning armed protesters they will be executed and vowing to fight to the end. In a defiant, sometimes rambling television speech, Gaddafi vowed to remain in Libya as head of its revolution, saying he would die as a martyr in the land of his ancestors and fight to the "last drop" of his blood. Proclaiming the support of the people, Gaddafi ordered the army and police to crush the popular uprising against his iron-fisted rule that has already left hundreds dead in the past eight days. Ordering protesters to surrender their weapons immediately, saying there would be a "slaughter" otherwise, he threatened to purge Libya "house by house" and "inch by inch." The 68-year-old former army colonel said, "Muammar al-Gaddafi is the leader of a revolution; Mu...

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