In an audio message, the Libyan Head of State presents his condolences to the families of victims of violence.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi spoke Thursday afternoon in an audio message broadcast on Libyan television and presented as a phone-line. Two days after he vowed to quell protests against his rule, the colonel expressed his condolences for the "children of Libya" dead in the violence, while denouncing the manipulation of young Libyans by Osama bin Laden.
Colonel Gaddafi reiterated that the protesters were drugged his regime manipulated by al-Qaida. A speech that addressed perhaps more to the United States and its Western allies that the Libyan people.
The leader also called on Libyans to take up arms insurgents in rebellion against his regime. "The Constitution is very clear: they take their guns!" Has he said. "I have only moral authority, "he said Muammar Gaddafi, who has always presented himself as the leader of a revolution led by the people, rather than as a head of state in the traditional sense.