Libya protests continue despite Qaddafi threats
TOBRUK, Libya - Anti-government protesters filled the main square of the coastal city of Tobruk, shouting, "Welcome to free Libya," and chanted, "Down with Qaddafi." Inside the protesters tents old and young men fought for our attention, reports CBS News correspondent Mandy Clark.
"We are here for free, for freedom," one of the protesters told CBS News.
One protester describes a horrific moment he shot on his cell phone.
"The brutality. This is what Qaddafi does to his own people. These police refused to carry out orders and he killed them," said the protester.
In a Qaddafi stronghold in Tripoli, it was a very different scene. His supporters took to the streets in a noisy display of loyalty after their leader's televised speech.
But even as they did there were reports of heavy gunfire and street battles in other parts of the city.
Qaddafi vowed to defend his 42-year grip on the country to the death if necessary.
But that grip continues to slip away.
Anti-government protestors in the city of Misrata tore down a life-size statue of Qaddafi's "Green Book" a symbol of his rule. It's the first major city in the western half of the country to fall to anti-government forces bringing the insurgency increasingly closer to the heart of his regime and his powerbase in the capital.
Qaddafi called on his supporters to hunt down the protesters, house by house.
CBS News reporter George Baghdadi is on the outskirts of Benghazi the country's second-largest city which has been the scene of fierce gun battles.
"People are terrified now today because Qaddafi is giving them an ultimatum," reported Baghdadi by phone. "Within 24 hours he will bomb the whole city unless they surrender."
In the capital Tripoli yesterday, they were burying their dead. With no end in sight to this uprising, the fear is there will be many more casualties in the coming days.
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