Gaddafi Speech: Libya Suspended Arab League after 'Martyr' Speech
Libya Suspended from Arab League
Libya has been suspended from the Arab league, though its envoy had already resigned in protest over Moammar Gadhafi's treatment of anti-government demonstrators. The suspension comes on the heels of Ghadafi's latest declaration that he will not give up his hold on power, and that he would become "a martyr" if necessary. (Muammar Gaddafi speech highlights)
- Libya Air Strikes: Pilots Defect
- Moammar Gadhafi's Amazonian Guard
- Libya Protests Escalate
- Libya Protests: Feature Coverage
US Senator John Kerry has denounced the Libyan government's violence against civilians as "beyond despicable", and has urged his contemporaries in Washington to consider economic sanctions against Libya. So far, President Barack Obama has not said anything publicly on the issue.
Moussa made his statements following the somewhat-imperative speech of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi in which he declared that he had no intention of resigning and that he would act with a heavy hand against anyone who tries to ignite the country to riot.
Gaddafi, clad in brown robes and turban, spoke on Tuesday from a podium set up in the entrance of a bombed-out building that appeared to be his Tripoli residence hit by US air raids in the 1980s and left unrepaired as a monument of defiance.
"I am a fighter, a revolutionary from tents ... I will die as a martyr at the end," he said.
"Muammar Gaddafi is the leader of the revolution, I am not a president to step down ... This is my country. Muammar is not a president to leave his post."
Ali al-Essawi, Libya's ambassador to India, decried the government's use of live ammunition and fighter jets against protesters as "a massacre", and called on the UN to block Libyan airspace to protect civilians from their own government.
He said live fire was being used against protesters, and that foreigners had been hired to fight on behalf of the government.