Anger simmers among pro-Gaddafi Libyans in Tripoli

Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:42am GMT

"Gaddafi gave us the best life. We were comfortable, we could go anywhere we wanted. Now we can't go out at all. I have friends in Gaddafi's army, and they will never surrender," the 20-year-old said.

"Only God, Mohammed and Muammar," he added, repeating a well-known pro-Gaddafi slogan that rebels have been busy defacing and covering with their own graffiti in recent days.

The shop worker's brother's allegiance was more nuanced.

"Before, arrogant or not, under Gaddafi there was no killing in the streets, no weapons. Now after the revolution, there's killing, fear. I wish he was still here," he said.

"There's more Gaddafi supporters than rebels here. But they can't act right now as we don't know what the future will be. They're waiting for Gaddafi to come back," he added.

Gaddafi's whereabouts and that of his son and heir apparent Saif al-Islam are unknown, and the rebel leadership has announced a bounty of $1 million for Gaddafi's capture.

Outside the store, commotion erupted as rebels bundled a dark-skinned man into a car. Many rebels accuse nationals of nearby African countries of being mercenaries for Gaddafi.

Identity cards from Chad, Niger, Mali and other African states have been found on the bodies of Gaddafi fighters.

On Saturday, reporters saw the putrefying bodies of 22 men of African origin on a Tripoli beach. Volunteers who had come to bury them said they were mercenaries whom rebels had shot dead.   Continued...

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