August 21st, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Libyan anchor waves gun on air, threatens to defend Gadhafi

An anchor giving the news this weekend on Libyan state television lifted a gun on air and warned rebels trying to oust Moammar Gadhafi that staffers at al-Libiyah would become martyrs if they had to.  

Hala Misrati grabbed a handgun from the top of the anchor desk as news reports said that rebels were advancing toward the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

Al Jazeera English gave this translation: "With this weapon, I either kill or die today.

"You will not take al-Libiyah channel. You won't take Jamahiriyah channel, Shababiyah channel, Tripoli or all of Libya, and even those without a weapon are willing to be a shield in order to protect their colleagues at this channel. We are willing to become martyrs."

According to several reports, Misrati has been controversially outspoken about her support of Gadhafi. She previously reportedly referred to al Jazeera as "Swine Jazeera" and accused the news agency of killing its own employees and bombing its own offices.

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  1. gung hoe

    Checkout the 341 post at the live blog about tripoli Banasy

    August 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dymon Deb

    I hope she pulls the trigger....she has the pistol backwards in her hand....duh.

    August 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Hey everybody! What's going on in here?

    August 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. justathought

    I was wondering why anyone would defent Gadhafi, and then I thought of liberals.

    August 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. justathought

    Do you think that gun tot-in mama will go out and free Gadhafi's kid that they just caught?

    August 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. justathought

    Do you think that gun tote-in mama will go out and free Gadhafi's kid that they just caught?

    August 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    At one on one and banasy IM a vet US ARMY 75 to 79 Sgt I came up with that name because when i was in service when someone was ambitious when somthing needed to be done that person was gung hoe and for the better part that describes me

    August 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shiver Lay

    @ banasy:
    Hi. I'm terrific this evening.
    That *facepalm* wasn't for me, was it? 🙁
    I reviewed my tossed-off 5:35 comment, and I had intended no connection between your (2) real names' having been revealed and "prudes."
    I don't know anybody else's real name. One for Jazzzz, possibly just another nom de plume.
    NYC is beautiful right now–on the other side of the window.

    August 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @gung hoe:

    I live in the Chicago area.
    The person who addressed me @3:41 apparently likes
    to put words into people's mouths that reflect his own ideology.
    It's ok, there's one in every bunch.
    I assure you, my husband is much more grounded than that.

    August 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    C' mon, guys just because shes waving a pistol around ranting about killing or dying doesnt mean shes lost her objectivity. Fair. Balanced. News .

    August 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @Silver Lay:
    No, it wasn't for you.
    Perish the thought!

    @gung hoe:

    You DO come across as pretty enthusiastic!

    August 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. justathought

    @raven, I doubt that she's lost her common sence either, she's probably heading for the hills.

    August 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Sorry bout that banasy got you and yours mixed up for someone else

    August 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. guest

    At least the "P" wasn't for prozac. he he

    August 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    Raven sounds like shes ready crowleys place on communist new network cnn

    August 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
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