Libya: Gadhafi’s son warns of civil war

May 09 2011

Libya: Gadhafi’s son warns of civil war

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Earlier today, Sunday February 20th, Moammar Gadhafi’s son appeared on state-wide television to clarify that his father is remaining to be in charge of Libya’s army backing and is going to “fight until the last man, the last woman, the last bullet.” This speech was presented directly after the anti-government strife spread to Tripoli (Libya’s capital) and protesters detained military weapons and bases. Moammar’s son, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, warned the protesters that they were risking to ignite a civil war that would destroy Libya’s oil wealth. He said that the regime tolerable with eliminating some restraints and will begin to discuss a constitution. He has proposed to change several laws, including laws that cover the penal code and the media.
Since the unrest began, six days ago, there have been over 200 causalities. Gadhafi denies this death toll. He believes that the number has been exaggerated and there has been a total of 84 deaths. According to medical officials, exiled dissidents and human rights groups, the 200 deaths includes a bloodbath that occurred right before Seif a-Islam gave his warning on television. Security forces shot at thousands of protestors and funeral marchers. The event resulted with 60 people dead.
The Western countries are starting to show concern over the increasing violence occurring in Libya. William Hauge, the British Foreign Secretary, told Sief al-Islam that Libya must begin to “dialogue and implement reforms.” During the younger Gadhafi’s speech he warned protesters that they will eventually “…get Americans and European fleets coming your way and they will occupy you.” The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has informed the press that President Obama is “very concerned” over the reports that Libya military has been firing at passive protesters in the city of Benghazi.


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