Colonel Muammar Qaddafi addressed the Libyan public in a rambling, defiant speech today. In it he vowed not to step down and said he’d die a martyr. Colonel Qaddafi also blamed the protesters’ actions on hallucinogenic drugs and threatened them with severe punishment.
Hundreds of Algerian police broke up an anti-government rally in the capital Saturday, arresting at least one opposition member. Another opposition lawmaker was reportedly hospitalized. Turnout was much lower than expected.
Despite his son's early morning address threatening civil war, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi appears to be losing his grip on power. Protesters claim they have control of Libya's second city, Benhghazi. And demonstrators clashed with government forces in Tripoli.
On Monday tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran and other cities in the largest street protests since the 2009 uprising. Demonstrators came out to show their solidarity with Egypt’s revolt.
The mood in Cairo's Tahrir Square is jubilant. Many believe the Egyptian leadership is ready to make some major concessions after 17 days of protests. President Hosni Mubarak is expected to give a speech tonight and it's anticipated he will step down.
Yemen has joined the pro-democracy wave of protests that have swept the Middle East. Last week, thousands of protestors opposed to President Ali Abdullah Saleh flooded the streets of the capital Sana’a. On Monday, smaller crowds of opposition supporters gathered in provincial towns.