In an appearance for about five seconds on Libyan television, Muammar Gaddafi was shown in a pre-recorded video leaning out of the back of a jeep holding an umbrella, while he claimed he was still in Tripoli.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to have fled the capital Tripoli after anti-government pro-democracy demonstrators charged the state television and set the Libyan parliament building on fire.
Incoming reports claim protesters were gunned down in the streets, sometimes using government helicopter gunships and snipers.
Up to up to 400 pro-democracy demonstrators may have been killed with many reported more reported killed in Tripoli overnight. The protests reached the capital for the first time overnight Sunday to Monday with reports that army units were defecting to the opposition.
Reports of security forces were looting banks and other government institutions in Tripoli
Reports of protesters attacking and damaging police station.
Media reports have been severely limited.
Saif al-Islam Muammar Al-Gaddafi, the second son of longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi warned in a nationally televised address early on Monday that continued anti-government protests might lead to a civil war that could send the country’s oil wells up in flames.
Saif blamed the protests in Libya on tribal factions and Islamists acting on their own agendas. He promised reforms, and said the alternative would be civil war causing no trade, no oil money, and the country taken over by foreigners
Saif, age 38, has introduced the Isratine proposal to permanently resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a secular, federalist, republican one-state solution.
In 2009, Saif threw a party in Montenegro for his 37th birthday. Billionaires Oleg Deripaska, Peter Munk, Austrian investor Martin Schlaff, and Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the event. Some invitees flew in on private jets and stayed aboard two large yachts moored in the vicinity of “Splendid”, the resort where the event was hosted.
Saif previously hosted similar parties in St Tropez and Monaco.
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Turkish citizens evacuated
Photo evidence of night protests
No foreign press has been allowed in Libya
Gaddafi was rumored earlier in the day to have fled to Venezuela