A large military parade in Tripoli on Tuesday (September 1) was watched by hundreds of thousands of Libyans.
A large military parade in Tripoli on Tuesday (September 1) was watched by hundreds of thousands of Libyans. It marked the first anniversary of an army coup which last September toppled King Idris from the country's throne. The parade was reviewed by Libya's President, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi who said the Arab states should go into widescale confrontation with Israel.
Before the Parade began Colonel Gaddafi addressed the crowd, outlining the Revolutionary Council's attitude to the Middle-East situation, and detailing the country's new strength. One of the 12 young officers of the coup, Colonel Gaddafi is also Chairman of Libya's ruling Revolutionary Council. Members of the Revolutionary Command Council, Arab delegations, military attaches from several countries, and other invited guests heard him explain that the Libyan Revolution was not a military coup but a real revolution "to realise the aims of the people."
"The Arab people of Libya" he said "are part of the Arab nation, and their territory is an extension of the Arab home-land on which battles are now being fought for freedom, independence, and dignity." Colonel Gaddafi also attacked those states which called for a popular liberation battle against Israel, and yet provided no help to the Palestinian Peoples' Resistance.
During the past year Libya has rebuilt its armed forces, and equipped it with the latest tanks, artillery and aircraft from Russia, America, Britain and France. The parade, which was locally described as the mightiest display of military force since the Second World War, was watched by delegates from Egypt and the Sudan...with which Libya has forged are revolutionary alliance. Notable absentees, however, were Egypt's President Nasser, and Sudanese leader Major-General Jaafar Mohamed El-Nimery, both of whom had been invited to see the parade and attend a meeting of the Alliance.