TRIPOLI - Muammar Gaddafi's daughter said the West's demand that her father leave power was an "insult" to all Libyans in a defiant appearance before a crowd of his chanting supporters in Tripoli early on Friday.
"In 1911 Italy killed my grandfather in an air strike and now they are trying to kill my father. God damn their hands," Aisha Gaddafi told the flag-waving crowd who had gathered at her father's Bab Al-Aziziyah compound in the capital.
The event, broadcast live on state television, marked the 25th anniversary of American strikes on the huge complex, which includes military barracks.
"Talk about Gaddafi stepping down is an insult to all Libyans because Gaddafi is not in Libya, but in the hearts of all Libyans," his daughter said.
"Leave our skies, take away your aircraft and missiles," she added.