Now when I hear the Rant of the Dictator, I also hear the counter-rant of Rayes Lebled (translated “President, your people are dead”) by Hamada Ben Amor, a.k.a. El Général. The Tunisian rapper was arrested for a time in January, just before the Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country. This rap became a protest anthem throughout the Arab world.
Muammar Gaddafi did his rant on Tuesday, and again today. He told the remnant crowd of supporters in Green Square in Tripoli:. “Muammar Gaddafi is one of you! Dance and sing! Rejoice.” No doubt they did, dutifully. But far more people across North Africa are singing and dancing to a different tune.
via AlJazeeraEnglish: “The Libyan leader blames foreign powers for the current unrest in his country and says the protesters are on hallucinogenic drugs. This video includes the first 20 minutes of his more than one hour long speech broadcast on state television.”