Qaddafi just gave his typical speech: long, rambling and focused on Al Qaeda and hallucinogenic drugs. He warns that thousands of people will die if there is any foreign intervention.
He stopped talking just short of three hours, which beats his record of 96 minutes.
The Colonel seems relaxed in this speech, though his denial is deeper than ever. At the same time people in Benghazi are ignoring the speech and going on with their lives, according to Al Jazeera.
Earlier this morning pro-Qaddafi forces bombed and captured eastern cities, then protesters retook the cities as fighting continues.
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An announcer is giving a HUGELY glowing introduction. “This is a day of glory!”
“He will address you in a f
They’re singing the national anthem.
This is an anniversary of the creation of modern LIbya in 1977.
Qaddafi is about to begin.
Journalists are told to move to the back of the room.
THE SPEECH BEGINS: Talking about his history of liberating LIbyan oilfields in 1977 and handing them over to the Libyan people.
Talking a lot of history.
Reading from his origin
al 1977 declaration.
Claiming that under the Jamahiriya system “people have the say.”
He’s just a symbol for people to get guidance.
Basically he’s just praising himself a lot.
Lashing out at the imperialist media.
(Crowd breaks out into an adoring chant.)
They won’t stop!
The love Muammar!
Qaddfi: “I do not follow sate
llite televison. They are filling the world with mean provocations.”
A lady from the crowd screams adorations.
Now he’s just repeating himself about liberating Libya from the Americans and the British.
He’s blaming Al-Qaeda for the uprising now. Says it’s just small groups causing trouble.
“We ask God to forgive all those who were killed. They were mislead by the devil.”
“Media reports there are hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters that have been fired on by the police. This is a lie.”
“He says media correspondents are not present in Libya because Libya doesn’t like foreign correspondents. We always suspect foreign correspondents, even the meteorological correspondents. Any news from Libya to the outer world is always short and ambiguous. If one is killed it will be reported as one thousand.“
Qaddafi says if the protesters win they will stop producing oil. Now oil production is at the minimum level.
Now he’s referring to demonstrations in Greece and Italy, saying no foreign companies withdrew workers after that… and that proves that Libya’s demonstrations are violent… and that means they are led by armed gangs and Al Qaeda — a tenuous argument.
“The United Nations can dispatch fact-finding commissions to determine if we fired a single bullet at protesters.”
Now he’s saying that the UN resolution was opposed by India, China, Brazil and friendly African nations. Qaddafi says he was betrayed by his own representative to the UN. When his ambassador asked for a resolution against Libya, allies like India were forced to agree.
Al-Jazeera lost the feed for a few minutes, now it’s back on and the Colonel is still talking.
He says he has no assets and he doesn’t take pride in keeping American dollars.
The crowd breaks out into cheers. He waves his hand and says “Let’s keep quiet.”
Now referring to claims that the UK froze $10 billion in personal assets: “I have no personal assets… I put my fingers in Cameron’s eyes if he can prove that I keep assets abroad. These are the assets of the Libyan National Bank. My salary is only 456 dinars… This is a great conspiracy, an act of piracy… I did not think the outside world would reach this degree of lunacy.”
Al-Jazeera footage of Qaddafi’s palace he now says was not his residence; it belonged to the people.
“We are not in the need of any food or medical supplies; we are not like Darfur or Iraq… Any person speaking of foreign aid will be charged with high treason… they are opening the doors to colonialism.”
He just broke two hours! Qaddafi’s previous record was a 96-minute speech at the UN in 2009.
9:04 ET: And he’s still talking. By Al Jazeera’s count he has been going for about 165 minutes.
9:11 ET: And he’s done.
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