Arab League Reprimands Libya's Gadhafi As pressure mounts on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, he's lashing out at the street protesters who've taken control of the eastern part of his country. Gadhafi called the demonstrators who've been demanding his ouster "rats" and said he'd die a martyr rather than be forced from power. The Arab League in an emergency meeting here in Cairo on Tuesday harshly reprimanded the Gadhafi regime for its brutal crackdown on the protests and suspended Libya from the organization.
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Arab League Reprimands Libya's Gadhafi

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As pressure mounts on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, he's lashing out at the street protesters who've taken control of the eastern part of his country. Gadhafi called the demonstrators who've been demanding his ouster "rats" and said he'd die a martyr rather than be forced from power. The Arab League in an emergency meeting here in Cairo on Tuesday harshly reprimanded the Gadhafi regime for its brutal crackdown on the protests and suspended Libya from the organization.

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NPR's Jason Beaubien reports from Cairo.

JASON BEAUBIEN: In his lengthy address, translated here by Al-Jazeera, Gadhafi today promised more violence against anyone who rises up against him.

MOAMMAR GADHAFI: I will not leave the country, and I will die - and I will die as a martyr (unintelligible).

BEAUBIEN: Gadhafi described the demonstrators as rats and crazy people. He added that they're working for foreign intelligence agencies and are high on drugs. The protesters demanding an end to his four decades of autocratic rule, Gadhafi said, are pushing Libya to the brink of civil war.

GADHAFI: Don't destroy your country for no reason. What is the reason for that? What's come over you? Shame on you. We were living in safety, security, prosperity. We're having our oil, our order and peace and happiness. Then we burn our country down.

BEAUBIEN: Mr. AMAR MOUSSA (Secretary General, Arab League) (Speaking Foreign Language).

BEAUBIEN: In a statement read by the secretary general of the Arab League, Amar Moussa, the regional body condemned what it said were violations of human rights law by the Libyan government and crimes against peaceful demonstrators. It denounced the use of mercenaries, live ammunition and heavy weapons against the protesters.

AMAR MOUSSA: (Speaking Foreign Language)

BEAUBIEN: Unidentified Group: (Speaking Foreign Language)

BEAUBIEN: A protester, Mohammad Yousef, who's from Tripoli, says Gadhafi has been massacring his own people. Yousef warns that if Gadhafi isn't driven out now, he could launch deadly reprisals against his opponents.

MOHAMMAD YOUSEF: You know, it's the time for the revolution. If they stop now, there will never be a revolution in Libya. He will kill everyone, I swear. He will try to find everyone, every Libyan that were in the streets and will bring them to the jails and he will kill them.

BEAUBIEN: Jason Beaubien, NPR News, Cairo

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