Taken from the BBC live stream. Dr Alia Brahimi, a North Africa specialist at the London School of Economics, tells the BBC’s Newshour programme that while Col Gaddafi might have some concerns, “the regime is quite confident on its grip on power and… won’t necessarily be toppled by a few thousand people in the streets”. She adds: “The onus rather is on the protesters to come out in great numbers, especially in Tripoli.”
However, for now it seems the only demonstrators in Tripoli are Gaddafi supporters
The BBC’s Rana Jawad describes the atmosphere in Tripoli with cars displaying Libyan flags parading up and down Airport Road where Col Gaddafi has his headquarters. Drivers raise their fists and honk their horns and security guards wave back to show solidarity in supporting the Libyan leader. Closer to the city centre, all roads leading to Green Square are grid-locked. The pro-government rally is set up in the square.