Gadhafi to Supporters: 'Get Ready to Fight'
Libyan leader vows to 'triumph over enemies'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2011 12:49 PM CST
This image broadcast on Libyan state television Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, shows Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as he addresses the nation in Tripoli, Libya.   (AP Photo/Libya State Television via APTN)

(Newser) – The rebels are closing in and other nations are seeking sanctions against Libya, but Moammar Gadhafi has no plans to step down. The Libyan leader addressed supporters in Tripoli's Green Square today, urging them to put the rebels "to shame" and insisting, "We can triumph over the enemies," Reuters reports. He also noted his desire to protect Libya's petroleum interests, asking supporters to "get ready to fight for Libya, get ready to fight for dignity, get ready to fight for petroleum."

An animated Gadhafi shook his fists in the air and called Libya "the nation of dignity and integrity," reminding supporters the country "triumphed over" former colonial power Italy. "You must dance, sing, and prepare yourself ... this spirit you have is stronger than any other attempt by the foreigners and the enemies to destroy us," he said. "Moammar Gadhafi is amongst you. I stand among the people and we will fight and we will kill them if they want. Look at the people's force. This is the people's force that cannot be defeated."