— Libyan Troops Defy Gadhafi, Side With Protesters
Last updated at 11:08 AM on 23rd February 2011
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has insisted he will fight to the ‘last drop of blood’ in a defiant speech that follows days of bloodshed on the streets of his country.
Celebratory gunshots in celebration were heard after Gaddafi’s speech, aired on state TV and on a screen to several hundred supporters in Tripoli’s central Green Square.
It suggests more bloodshed lies ahead after pro-regime gunmen and mercenaries left bodies littering the streets of the capital, after they went on the rampage, shooting on sight anyone found in the streets and opening fire from speeding vehicles.
But the anti-government forces appeared to be gathering momentum – as the Libyan interior minister announced his defection after Gaddafi’s speech and encouraged the army to ‘join the people’.