Colonel Gaddafi has made a defiant and inflammatory speech on Libyan state television.
It lasted over an hour.
He said he won’t step down but will stay on to lead what he called the revolution, and die as a martyr.
“My grandfather was the first martyr to fall during the battle of 1911, and I can not in any way betray his dedication. I can not in any way betray my grandfather’s land. I will die a martyr. I’ll be a martyr like them, ultimately.”
Despite the mounting evidence of military attacks on civilian protesters, he denied using force to try to end the uprising.
“I have not authorized the use of live ammunition. When I have to, I will. But everything will be destroyed.”
Far from calming the situation down, Gaddafi called on his supporters to take back control of the streets from what he referred to as gangs of “rats and mercenaries” who want to turn Libya into an islamic state, adding that anti-government demonstrators deserve the death penalty.