Qadhafi Refuses to Budge in Libya

Antigovernment protesters say Qadhafi is losing control.


Conversations between United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qadhafi have been futile, Reuters reports. In the eastern part of Libya, antigovernment protesters are displaying signs of victory, saying that Qadhafi is losing control. But in Libya's capital city of Tripoli, Qadhafi supporters have also taken to the streets to show solidarity with the man who has been in control of Libya for more than 40 years. Meanwhile, foreigners in Libya are returning to their home countries, causing chaos at airports in Milan, Frankfort, and Istanbul. The United States is trying to evacuate Americans from Libya by ferry. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called the violence in Libya "completely unacceptable" and blamed the Libyan government "for what is occurring." Qadhafi has refused to step down, saying he would rather die a martyr than give up power.