Gaddafi calls on Libyans to protest against new leaders
Former Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi called late Thursday on Libyans to protest against the new leaders who ousted him from power, DPA reported.
In an audio message broadcast on the Syria-based Al-Rai television Gaddafi urged Libyans "to turn out in millions in the streets with courage" and protest the situation in Libya which he described as "unbearable."
Gaddafi's whereabouts are still unknown and it was not clear when the message was recorded. The fugitive leader last addressed an audio message to his people in mid September.
Gaddafi, in the poor-quality audio message, stressed that Libya's transitional leaders are not legitimate because they were not elected by the people.
The audio message came as fighting raged in Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte.
Earlier Thursday, Libya's transitional rulers were optimistic that their forces would soon seize Sirte.
"The city will be under our full control in four days' time," said Abdel Salam Mansour, a rebel commander fighting in Sirte.
Forces loyal to Libya's transitional rulers have been fighting for three weeks to control Sirte on the Mediterranean coast, where diehard Gaddafi loyalists are showing fierce resistance.