Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi congratulated Nation of Islam Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan on "shaking" Washington by staging his Million Man March, saying it would help blacks win back their rights.
"The leader of the revolution congratulated Louis Farrakhan on the outstanding success realised by the historic march of the blacks which swept and violently shook the American capital by peaceful and civilized means," the official Libyan News Agency, JANA, quoted Gadhafi as telling Far-rakhan by telephone."Through this the blacks can fulfill their rights in a worthy manner and assert the right of the nation of blacks to enjoy freedom and independence on the American continent. We will unite our capabilities and efforts to achieve this," Gad-hafi was quoted as saying.
Gadhafi's praise for the march was made public only hours after the United Nations turned down a request from his government to use planes to expell from Libya more than a million alleged "illegal infiltrators" from African countries.
Hundreds of thousands of black men attended the Million Man March in Washington Monday and heard Farrakhan portraying the United States as a white supremacist society.
Farrakhan told Gadhafi the response to the march had exceeded expectations. He added that the names of 8 million blacks, who had been deprived of the right to vote in the American elections, would be officially registered.
Gadhafi reminded Farrakhan that there were 400,000 blacks in the American Army, and that "this makes the greatest black army in the world."