Hizbullah to organize street protests
Hizbullah and its allies will stage peaceful street protests to press their demands after the collapse of Lebanon's talks on giving them more power in government, Hizbullah's deputy chief said on Sunday.
Five Shi'ite Muslim ministers from Hizbullah and its ally, the Amal movement, resigned from the cabinet on Saturday. "This was a first step. There will be other steps that we will discuss in detail with our allies and which we will announce gradually," Hizbullah's deputy chief Sheikh Naim Kassem told Reuters.
According to him, the talks had failed because anti-Syrian majority leaders had refused to allow others effective participation in running the state. "The parliamentary majority camp foiled the dialogue because they don't want widescale Lebanese participation in government and they want to monopolise decisions in this country. This is something that we... can't be witnesses to," Kassem said.
Asked whether the government would face street protests, Kassem said: "I can say that this campaign will be varied and effective. Going down to the streets is one of the important steps that Hezbollah and its allies will take."
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