Gadhafi Refuses To Leave Libya, Vows To Die A Martyr

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, addressing supporters congregating Tuesday on Tripoli's Green Square, said they represent the real image of Libya. He criticized people trying to undermine Libya's stability.

Realities on the ground and defections from more Libyan officials around the world showed Gadhafi's grip on power appeared to be weakening.

The Libyan ambassador to the United States, Ali Aujali, called for Gadhafi to resign, joining a growing chorus of Libyan officials, including the deputy ambassador to the United Nations, who say they are working for the Libyan people and not for the leader.

In eastern Libya, groups of armed people in civilian clothing were guarding the streets as opposition leaders appeared to be in firm control, CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman reported. Wedeman is the first Western television correspondent to enter and report from Libya during the crisis.

As Wedeman was entering the country, a young man at the border in civilian clothing toting an AK-47 asked for passports. "For what?" responded Wedeman's driver. "There is no government. What is the point?" They then drove in. And on the Libyan side, there were "no officials, no passport control, no customs," Wedeman reported.

The U.N. Security Council met Tuesday morning behind closed doors -- the group's first meeting since the wave of protests rippling through Arab countries began weeks ago.

The Arab League held an emergency summit as well.

Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, called Monday for the U.N. to take key steps, including shutting airspace over Tripoli to prevent Gadhafi's regime from restocking its military. He accused Gadhafi of carrying out "genocide."

Dabbashi said the toll in clashes so far could be as high as 800. Human Rights Watch said Monday that at least 233 people have been killed during the unrest.
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