Gadhafi’s Son Warns of Imminent Uprising in Libya

By:  Alex Newman
02/13/2012
       
Gadhafi’s Son Warns of Imminent Uprising in Libya

An armed uprising in Libya is imminent as people in the oil-rich North African nation continue to reject the new NATO-backed regime, one of slain Libyan despot Muammar Gadhafi’s sons told an Arabic TV station on Friday from neighboring Niger. Libya’s new rulers dismissed the statements and threatened the “interests” of the government of Niger if it did not hand over Saadi Gadhafi for prosecution.
 

An armed uprising in Libya is imminent as people in the oil-rich North African nation continue to reject the new NATO-backed regime, one of slain Libyan despot Muammar Gadhafi’s sons told an Arabic TV station on Friday from neighboring Niger. Libya’s new rulers dismissed the statements and threatened the “interests” of the government of Niger if it did not hand over Saadi Gadhafi (photo) for prosecution.

 Claiming he was in regular contact with would-be insurgents in Libya and that he would return to his homeland “at any minute,” Saadi, 38, urged Libyans to be prepared for the coming revolt. “There is an uprising that will happen everywhere in the country,” he told the Al-Arabiya television station. “This will be a new popular uprising.”
 
Saadi claimed he was regularly communicating with officials within the Libyan Army, the NATO-backed National Transitional Council (NTC), tribal leaders, and various militia chieftains across the country. And based on his discussions, he alleged during his first public interview in recent months that more than two-thirds of Libyans were unsatisfied with the new regime.
 
“The situation of the people is deteriorating,” Saadi explained as the one-year anniversary of the NATO-supported Libyan uprising was just days away. “I can confirm that more than 70 percent of those who are in Libya now, whether they support the February 17th [revolution] or not, all are not satisfied with the situation and are ready to cooperate to change this situation."

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Photo of Saadi Gadhafi in 2005, with father's picture in background: AP Images

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