Closed captioning of: Cornered in Tripoli? Gadhafi still defiant
good evening. what's happening tonight in
is being called a deadly end game.
spoke again today, another strange speech. he threatened to turn his nation into a red flame. he promised to release the weapons in his arsenal to the rebels fighting for him. he also told people to dance and sing. the evacuation of americans is over. they got out safely today on a
. tonight most of them are there in malta. and for the first time we have someone inside
tonight, so we begin with the reporting of nbc's
in the heart of his capital, a dictator defiant.
, ever the showman, determined to rally what's left of his support. it's the first time he's dared take to the streets since the rebellion against him began. here he was in
, where his men had killed protesters, threatening more violence. i will open my arsenal, he told them. you'll have all the guns you need. the time has come,
will become a red flame. they are words that spell more trouble. and there was trouble enough today. not far from where he spoke, the sound of gunfire. his people scattering. the video is shaky, the crackdown is not. across
, there were many reports of police or men in plainclothes confronting demonstrators. they say many died, but it's impossible to confirm how many. the clashes began as hundreds of thousands left friday prayers in mosques across
. there had been calls for the crowds to merge and mount a massive protest demonstration.
's men were determined not to allow this, and they struck with brutal force. it's a regime that looks confident, at least judging by the wink of
jr. this is saif, the colonel's son and once his heir apparent. here spelling out his vision, his future.
plan a is to live and die in
is to live and die in
. plan c is to live and die in
the gadhafis appear determined not to back down.
has been defiant and isolated before, but never like this. never cornered in his own country.
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