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Gaddafi interview: Libyans react

On Monday, Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi defended his stance during a wide-ranging televised interview with the BBC's Jeremy Bowen

BBC News website readers have been sending in their reaction to the interview.

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Media captionColonel Gaddafi told the BBC that the protesters are members of al-Qaeda

Faraj, Libyan living in Southend-on-sea, UK

The only difference between today and 25 years ago is that we know about what Gaddafi is doing.

Before Libya was very closed, but now with easy access to media it has made his actions more clear to the world.

The killings started a year after the revolution and things have got worse and worse.

In 1996 he had 1,200 prisoners killed, all because they wanted a better deal and wanted to be treated as humans. He had them all killed on the same day.

He seems to deny that anything is happening, it's like he's in a state of shock.

I have family in Libya, as does my wife and it's very stressful for them and us. It does seem to be a bit calmer at the moment but we have friends in Tripoli and we are very worried.

I don't think he is even thinking of stepping down.

Many Libyans are against external invasion because of what has happened in other countries and if external forces were to attack the city many civilians would be hurt; Gaddafi knows this which means he will stay. He is sitting in Tripoli, well equipped and very secure in his position.

I hope he wakes up to what is happening and does go. He has a close circle of people around him, some of them are good people, so I hope some of them will take action.

Mariam (not her real name), Libyan living in Surrey, UK

This man is a monster, a delusional monster who has for the past 42 years been surrounded by sons and people who have praised him and told him he is God's gift to the Libyan people.

He has never been in touch with Libyans. He has never listened to them and sees them very much like mindless, stupid people that he now refers to as "rats".

This interview blatantly shows a serious, permanent break from reality. His sons, especially Saif, perpetuate this reality for him in return for the power and riches.

This interview confirms over and over that he is seriously mentally ill and that those around him, supporting him, are knee-deep in blood. They know that when he falls, the international community will want all of them tried for crimes against humanity. That is, if the Libyan people don't take their revenge first.

There isn't one Libyan family that wasn't affected by Gaddafi's madness.

I was a six-year-old girl when I saw the physical effects of my father's torture.

All of this because my father was successful and well-known in the business community, and because he was suspected of being anti-Gaddafi.

Not only was he interrogated for days and tortured, his assets and company were stripped and stolen.

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