As bombings and bloody battles prised back the towns of Brega, Gharyan and Sabratha, Gaddafi made the speech which was broadcast on Libyan state TV. In it he vowed to continue ruling with his system of 'direct democracy'.
The dictator of the North African regime said the world did not understand the Libyan system that 'puts power in the hands of the people'.
'We put our fingers in the eyes of those who doubt that Libya is ruled by anyone other than its people,' he told an applauding audience shown on Libyan television, referring to his system of 'direct democracy' which he outlined in his Green Book political manifesto.
He said that he was not a president and so could not resign his position, and said there were no internal problems in Libya.
'Muammar Gaddafi is not a president to resign, he does not even have a parliament to dissolve', he said, adding that he held 'no position from which to step down'.
'The Libyan system is a system of the people and no one can go against the authority of the people. .. The people are free to chose the authority they see fit,' he said.He went on to call for the United Nations and Nato to investigate the facts about what had happened in Libya.
Students: reflect on this "new direct democracy". If this is the case, why are his people lying dead in the streets?