Gadaffi shows power in Libya; appears on TV

Muammar Gadaffi
Tripoli, Feb 22: Admist rumours that Muammar Gaddafi has fled to Venezuela, which is ruled by his friend President Hugo Chavez, the mercurial leader appeared briefly on TV on Monday (Feb 21) night. The latest move by Gadaffi is believed to be another trick to display his power in the nation.

During his brief appearance on TV, Gadaffi showed his rage against the media and the youth who gathered on the streets in the capital of Libya. The leader stated, "I am here to show that I am in Tripoli and not in Venezuela. Don't believe those misleading dog stations."

"I wanted to say something to the youths at Green Square (in Tripoli) and stay up late with them but it started raining. Thank God, it's a good thing," added Gadaffi.

However, the extremely brief appearance of the Libyan leader raised doubts among many, as the video clip and comments lasted less than a minute which is very unusual for Gaddafi, who is known for his rambling speeches that often last hours.

Anti-Gadaffi groups in the nation called for a demonstration at Tripoli's central Green Square and in front of Gaddafi's residence. But several witnesses informed about the inhuman behaviour posed by the Gadaffi's men.

Helicopters reportedly hovering above the main seaside boulevard and pro-Gaddafi gunmen fired from moving cars, some even shooting at the facades of homes to terrify the population.

However, cracks have begun to appear among Gaddafi's supporters, as is evident from the fact that a group of army officers called on the soldiers to "join the people" and two senior fighter pilots defected to nearby Malta.

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