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Libyans react to televised address by Gadhafi's son

By the CNN Wire Staff
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Muslim Brotherhood leader on Saif Gadhafi: "He is worse than his father"
  • Medical worker in Benghazi on Saif Gadhafi: "He is a liar!"
  • Information out of Libya is hard to confirm, but CNN interviewed witnesses by phone

(CNN) -- As protests and political unrest in Libya chip away at government stability, Libyans are reacting to Saif Gadhafi's public address Sunday night.

Events in Libya are very difficult to confirm, since the government maintains tight control on communications and has not responded to repeated CNN requests for access to the country. CNN has, however, interviewed numerous witnesses by phone.

A local leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in the coastal city of Musrata said this about Saif Gadhafi and his speech: "He is worse than his father. His claims about the establishment of Islamic emirates in the country is not true at all!

"Despite our differences, Libyans are all one," he continued. "They are all out on the streets against the regime. He called the protesters unstable! It is the regime members who are not stable for spending the country's wealth on petty things!"

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Benghazi has seen some of the bloodiest clashes since protests began. A staff member working at the Benghazi Medical Center said of the younger Gadhafi, "He is a liar. Contrary to what Saif said, there are no divisions among Libyans. We are proud to be free from this regime. We have liberated the east of the country and we want to be united with our brothers and sisters in the east. ... All Libyans think this way, it is the regime that lacks knowledge about the people."

A journalist working in Tripoli described the scene in the capital. "We live in total information blackout here," he said. "The speech has caused further confusion among the people but most do not believe his talk of civil war. Earlier, thousands went to the streets chanting anti-government slogans calling on Gadhafi to leave the country. But now after the speech some pro-government crowds gathered in the downtown area."

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