Monday, March 14, 2005


Doubting that the Lebanese want freedom from Syria's hegemony and Hizb'Allah's thugocracy? Doubt no more:
Hundreds of thousands of anti-Syrian protesters flooded central Beirut Monday in what witnesses said was Lebanon's biggest demonstration since former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri's killing exactly a month ago.

Flag-waving crowds from across Lebanon packed the capital's Martyrs' Square, near Hariri's grave, and swamped nearby areas to demand an international inquiry into his death, the sacking of Syrian-backed security chiefs and a total Syrian pullout.

In contrast to previous anti-Syrian protests since a bomb blast killed Hariri on Feb. 14, many Sunni Muslims joined Druze and Christians in taking to the streets. Hariri was a Sunni.


Update: The demonstration had more than 800,000 protestors at the least, and may reach the organizers' goal of 1.3 million.

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