A big military parade was half in Tripoli, capital of the Libyan Jamahiriyah, on Thursday to mark the eighth anniversary of the September one revolution.
LV (NIGHT SHOTS) Troops parade through Tripoli streets (3 shots)
SV PAN Seated officers applaud
CU Gaddafi speaking in Arabic
SV PAN Officials and family listen to Gaddafi
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Background: A big military parade was half in Tripoli, capital of the Libyan Jamahiriyah, on Thursday to mark the eighth anniversary of the September one revolution.
SYNOPSIS: The day was marked with great enthusiasm, with troops parading through the streets of Tripoli. Large crowds turned out to cheer them.
The Jamahiriyahan President, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, took the salute and addressed the parade. The revolution in September of 1969 toppled King Idris and sent him into exile. It put an end to the Senussi monarchy and brought Col. Gaddafi to power.
Under the direction of its Revolutionary Command Council, headed by Col. Gaddafi, the Jamahiriyah today is identified with the radical states of the Third World.
Congratulatory messages and greetings were sent to the Jamahiriyah from various parts of the world. One of them was from President Hafez Al Assad of Syria, who wished the country and the people future prosperity, and hoped that they would over-come their difficulties.
The show of military strength came only weeks after the Jamahiriyah forces were involved in fierce fighting with troops of neighbouring Egypt. Relations between the two countries have been these since then and are unlikely to improve unless there is a change of leadership in Tripoli or Cairo, Egypt. President Anwar Sadat of Egypt has said that there can be no reconciliation with its neighbour while Col. Gaddafi is in power. Colonel Gaddafi has said much the same about Mr. Sadat. The Egyptian leader has described Col. Gaddafi as a "madman" and a "clown", and has openly called for his overthrow.