Gaddafi was loved by his people
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Friday that ousted Libyan leader Gaddafi was loved by his people and that the rebellion that toppled him was not a popular uprising.
"This wasn't a popular uprising," like in other north African countries "where the wind of freedom begins to blow," he told young supporters of his People of Freedom party gathered in Rome.
"Powerful men decided to give life to a new era by putting out Gaddafi," he said.
"This wasn't a popular uprising because Gaddafi was loved by his people, as I was able to see when I went to Libya."