Closed captioning of: Gadhafi losing grip on Libya
now to the revolt against
's reign in
is set to evacuate american citizens as the violent unrest there spreads. nbc's chief foreign correspondent
. good morning.
good morning. i am now in a part of eastern
that's completely controlled by demonstrators. opposition groups tell us they have control of about a third of
but gaddafi says he'll never give up power. as soon as we entered
it was clear colonel
is no longer in control of much of the country. our car was immediately surrounded by protesters. they were armed and december separate to speak. [ speaking in a
our children are dying, this man said. there are checkpoints on nearly every corner. we just crossed into
from egypt. there is no presence of the
here anymore. at the
there was no one there to stamp us into the country. now the tribes are in control of the area. we were driven by the protesters for more than a hundred miles through
. we didn't see a single
loyalist. we saw
, empty and burned. a protest was under way in torbruk. the protesters shouted "
must be free" and fired in the air. even climbed on our car saying
used these bullets to kill civilians. at the main
army officers were still armed and in uniform, now in open rebellion. they broke into tears. the people and the army
hand in hand
. there are reports of military defections like this nationwide.
we are behind the people.
this is not an egyptian-style protest movement. this is a war for
have been emptied. they are taking the weapons including machine guns,
and they say now the people and military are together. the soldiers and civilians found an old newspaper with
's picture and spit on it in disgust and burned it. there is heavy fighting in tripoli where in a national address
said he would die a martyr. [ speaking in a
the libyan leader called on his supporters to attack and kill demonstrators, hunting them down house to house. it is a call for
's leader of 41 years clings to power. the
u.s. state department
says it will start evacuating americans by ferry today and bringing them to malta. ma willie, back to you.
we know he's been erratic at times but i understand there are questions about his
. what are you hearing there?
people here think he's lost whatever sanity he had left and that worries them. they think he's desperate, no longer in control of his faculties and this desperate, almost insane man is willing to do almost anything to cling to