In Tripoli, There's Still Love for Gadhafi

Meanwhile, French warplane destroys Libyan plane
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2011 10:52 AM CDT
Libyan pro- Gadhafi protesters chant slogans as they protest in front of the Arab league building in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, March 21, 2011   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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(Newser) – Despite Libyans’ revolt against their leader, many in the country, and Tripoli in particular, still fervently support Moammar Gadhafi, reports the Washington Post. The paper tells of "near round-the-clock displays of devotion" in the capital, with residents clad in Gadhafi green chanting while holding pictures of their leader. His portrait is everywhere, in fact: hanging from lampposts, displayed in shopping centers and office buildings. One rebel explains that "75% of the people are against him," but "there are some people who really do love him. They think he’s in their blood."

"He gave us freedom and everything we need," says a supporter. Oil-rich Libya has supported its people with free health care and education, and per-capita incomes are twice that of Egypt's residents, notes the Post. Meanwhile, in the first enforcement of the no-fly zone, a French warplane destroyed a small Libyan loyalist plane that had been spotted flying, the BBC reports.

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