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Rebels lay siege to Gaddafi strongholdDesperate dictator tells faithful: 'We can crush any enemy'The beleaguered Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi defiantly appealed to his hardcore supporters to "defend the nation" against an uprising which was last night closing in on Tripoli after thousands of protesters braved gunfire to try to march through the capital.Standing on the ramparts of a fort overlooking the city's Green Square, Colonel Gaddafi pumped his fist and told 1,000 pro-regime demonstrators: "We can crush any enemy. We can crush it with the people's will. The people are armed and when necessary, we will open arsenals to arm all the Libyan people and all Libyan tribes."Urging the crowd to "retaliate against them, retaliate against them," the 68-year-old President was shown on state television calling on them to "prepare to defend the nation and defend the oil".
"The government is panicking and retreating more and more into the centre of Tripoli. There is fear on both sides,"
one man who fled the city told The Independent. "The government militias are fearful and so are the demonstrators.
and Alain Badiou ~