In Gadhafi's Tripoli, Libyans Cautiously Voice Dissent Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has many die-hard supporters in the capital, but opposition sentiment exists. One man who works for the Libyan intelligence agency says he hates Gadhafi and wants to see him go. Another has a message for the rebels: "When they come here, all the people in Tripoli — they will rise up."
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In Gadhafi's Tripoli, Libyans Cautiously Voice Dissent

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In Gadhafi's Tripoli, Libyans Cautiously Voice Dissent

In Gadhafi's Tripoli, Libyans Cautiously Voice Dissent

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, Host:

But for reporters who manage to slip away from their minders, the opposition is not hard to find. The dissidents say opposition to the government is widespread, even though fear of security forces keeps them from protesting publicly. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from Tripoli.

COREY FLINTOFF: Unidentified Man #2: He said that he work in the security, and he hate Gadhafi so much.

FLINTOFF: Are there a lot of people around here who are against Gadhafi?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

LOUISE KELLY: Yes, there are a lot of people, yes. In this area, I think maybe 90 percent.

FLINTOFF: Unidentified Man #2: Yeah. But they can't say that because it's very danger, because he use everything to kill these people.

FLINTOFF: Unidentified Man #2: Every night there is guns, bombs, every night, especially in this area.

FLINTOFF: Unidentified Man #2: No, from the people who are against Gadhafi.

FLINTOFF: Unidentified Man #2: Yes, we waiting, now. But in the Tripoli it's very difficult to do anything here, because a lot of military of Gadhafi stay here, and the police, everywhere. And they use their guns without any feeling, you know, just kill the people.

FLINTOFF: Unidentified Man #3: (Foreign language spoken)

FLINTOFF: Unidentified Man #3: (Foreign language spoken)

FLINTOFF: NATO has made some mistakes, he says, but God willing, they will bring a good result. The shopkeeper also said he doesn't believe the claims made by Libya's government-run TV channels, which say that NATO bombing has killed large numbers of civilians. The two men who spoke earlier say it's just a matter of time before the rebels reach Tripoli. And when the rebels come, they say, they'll find a lot of people ready to help them.

LOUISE KELLY: When they come here, all the people here in Tripoli, they will rise up. Yes, it's true. I am sure.

FLINTOFF: Corey Flintoff, NPR News, Tripoli.

LOUISE KELLY: And this update - the U.S. said today it will join other countries and formally recognize Libya's main opposition group as the legitimate government. That'll mean more aid and credibility for the National Transitional Council, which is seeking to oust Moammar Gadhafi.

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