An embattled Moamer Kadhafi said he would throw open the country's arsenals to his supporters in a rabble rousing speech that presaged a bloody battle for the Libyan capital. Almost the entire east of the oil-rich north African country has slipped from Kadhafi's control since a popular uprising began with protests in the port city of Benghazi on February 15. A Libyan anti-government protester with her face painted in the colours of Libya's old national flag takes part in a gathering in the eastern city of Benghazi on February 27, 2011. Libyan anti-government protester holds his old national flag in front of a wall covered with graffiti against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in the eastern city of Tobruk on February 24, 2011. Some defaced pictures of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are seen in the southwestern town of Nalut, Libya.