Lebanese Police break up Anti-Syrian Rally North of Beirut

Published June 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Police broke up an anti-Syrian demonstration by 300 people 15 kilometers (10 miles) north of the Lebanese capital, as they tried to erect two symbolic plaques Sunday. 

One of the plaques commemorated the May 24th Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, the other was left blank, awaiting a date for the withdrawal of Syrian troops from the country. 

Commemorative plaques and frescoes have been erected on the rocks at the mouth of the Nahr al Kalb river site since the days of the Pharoahs. 

The demonstrators gathered in response to a call by supporters of the exiled leader, Michel Aoun, who headed the Christian military government from 1988 to 1990. 

They arrived in cars and unfurled a banner saying "resolution 425 has been carried out, 520 is waiting." UN security council resolution 425 called for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon, and 520 calls for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country. 

Aoun supporters were arrested in April for distributing leaflets and demonstrating for the pullout of the more than 30,000 Syrian troops in Lebanon. They were given jail terms of one to three months. 

Aoun, who lives in France, had declared "a war of liberation against the Syrian occupier" before being driven out by the Syrian army in October 1990 - BEIRUT (AFP) 


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