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Gaddafi: Libya dignity under attack

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Al Jazeera
March 2, 2011

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has said that he is not a president and so cannot resign his position, and that power is in the hands of the people, during a televised public rally in the capital, Tripoli.

“Muammar Gaddafi is not a president to resign, he does not even have a parliament to dissolve,” Gaddafi said on Wednesday, surrounded by dozens of supporters in a large ballroom for a ceremony to mark 34 years of “people power.”

“Attacks on me are seen by Libyan people as attacks on their symbol and dignity.

“The foreigners want Gaddafi to step down, to step down from what? Gaddafi is just a symbol for the libyan people… This is how the Libyan people understood it.”

He said that the world did not understand the Libyan system that puts power in the hands of the people.

“The Libyan system is a system of the people and no one can go against the authority of the people … The people are free to chose the authority they see fit,” he said.

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“We put our fingers in the eyes of those who doubt that Libya is ruled by anyone other than its people,” he said, referring to his system of “direct democracy” which he outlined in his Green Book political manifesto, launched in 1977.

“I have always said that the Libyan people are free [in managing their own business].

Gaddafi said there were no protests in Benghazi, Derna, or Al Baida … that it all started with sleeping cells taking over weapons and security stations.

He said that terrorists released prisioners from jails and included them in their forces.

“These are criminals not political prisioners … there are no political prisioners in Libya … We had to destory the weapons storages to prevent them from falling into the hands of the terrorists.”

Gaddafi called for the United Nations and NATO to investigate what had happened in Libya, saying that he saw a conspiracy to colonise Libya and seize its oil.

“I dare you to find that peaceful protesters were killed. In America, France, and everywhere, if people attacked military
stores and tried to steal weapons, they will shoot them,” he said.

He urged the United Nations and NATO to “set up fact-finding committees” to find out how people were killed.

This article was posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 5:36 am

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