26 Feb '11, 12am

Gaddafi told hundreds of cheering supporters to prepare themselves for a fight to defend the city

Gaddafi told hundreds of cheering supporters to prepare themselves for a fight to defend the city

In a brief but chilling address in Tripoli's Green Square, Mr Gaddafi told hundreds of cheering supporters to prepare themselves for a fight to defend the city. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TRIPOLI - AN EMBATTLED Muammar Gaddafi said he would throw open the country's arsenals to his supporters in a rabble-rousing speech on Friday that presaged a bloody battle for the Libyan capital. In a brief but chilling address in Tripoli's Green Square, Mr Gaddafi told hundreds of cheering supporters to prepare themselves for a fight to defend the city. His loyalists had earlier killed several people in shooting that spread through the capital and French President Nicolas Sarkozy became the first world leader to openly demand the Libyan leader's ouster. As outraged Western governments scrambled to craft a collective response to a bloody crackdown which has claimed hundreds of lives, the United St...

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