Beirut: Thousands of demonstrators call to disarm Hizbullah
Tens of thousands of Lebanese on Sunday demanded Hizbullah to be disarmed as they marked the sixth anniversary of a popular uprising against Syrian forces in the country. "It is impossible that any of us here accept tutelage over Lebanon again, whether foreign domination or the domination of arms within Lebanon working for foreign interests," said outgoing prime minister Saad Hariri.
"It is impossible to accept that these weapons ... continue to be turned against the democratic will of the people," added Hariri. "It is impossible to give up the truth, justice and Lebanon," he added. "We won't give up our freedom and we will defend our democracy and constitution."
"You know very well there was nothing impossible to achieve since Rafik Hariri was killed and since the day we met six years ago with the same Lebanese flags," Hariri told the cheering crowd.
"We will not accept that the Lebanese economy continue to be paralyzed... nor that our history be distorted," Christian leader Samir Geagea, head of the Lebanese Forces party, said at the rally. "We say no to the exploitation of Lebanon for the benefit of Iran," added Geagea.
- Powell holds talks with Lebanese, Syrian leaders; Thousands demonstrate in Beirut
- Hundreds of Thousands Demonstrate on Al-Qods Day in Iran, Lebanon, Syria
- Lebanon: Hizbullah rejects calls to disarm as France urges Israel to lift blockade
- Washington Demands From Beirut to Prevent Hizbullah Attack on Israel Within Next Couple of Days
- 2,000 Lebanese march in memory of slain Tueni as UN renews demands to disarm Hizbullah