Closed captioning of: On the brink of civil war in Libya
on the ground in libya tonight there is new pressure on
as well. those who want him out, as we said, are moving closer to the capital. and there's high sangite about what may happen next. jim maceda is in
tonight. good evening.
may have told foreign journalists today that his people love him but anti-
forces have never been closer to the capital. despite a ring of soldiers and
around the city, inside
were daring to protest. this funeral for a man shot in the head by a sniper turned into an anti-
demonstration. but just as quickly ended after someone fired a round. and as people here heard report of opposition forces moving closer to the capital, there were signs of growing anxiety. many are standing hours outside banks to collect a $400 handout from the regime in a desperate attempt to buy support before the chaos strikes. everyone here seems to expect
, and the government stokes the fear.
hundreds of thousands, and i repeat, hundreds of thousands of
will be killed and destruction everywhere for possibly year to come.
throughout libya battlelines are being drawn. this
apparently shows a gun battle raging between pro and anti-
forces in misrata, site of an air business about 100 miles east of
with both sides fighting to a standstill. further east in benghazi, under opposition control, volunteers signed up to join in the battle and a
is taking shape to run day-to-day affairs. but back in
's regime remains in charge. this weekend,
's son saef visited supporters brandishing an
and promising more weapons. everything is fine, he said. we're going to be victorious.
you can see the smoke.
but the government has had to bomb its own weapons deep oes
rebel controlled territory to keep the other size from using them. the opposition is now on
's doorstep, barely 30
in zawiya. these scenes captured sunday by international news cameras show what was once
's heartland have become a den of protests. thousands called on their lead are to step down protected by soldiers with tanks and machine guns. there's a real sense of foreboding here, brian. many
when he says he will turn this country red with fire rather than be defeated.
jim maceda in