July 15, 2011 / 5:11 PM / 8 years ago

Gaddafi rejects West's recognition of rebels

Libyan rebel fighters sit by a caricature of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi at a checkpoint west of the rebel-held city of Misrata June 14, 2011. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

RABAT (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi said on Friday the Libyan people rejected the recognition by the United States and other world powers of rebel leaders as the legitimate representatives of the country’s government.

In an audio speech carried on Libyan television, Gaddafi addressed tens of thousands of supporters in the town of Zlitan who gathered in a rally broadcast on Libyan television.

“Trample on those recognitions, trample on them under your feet ... They are worthless,” he said.

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