Lebanon: ''1 million'' people demonstrate in support of Syria

Published December 1st, 2004 - 06:35 GMT

About "1 million" Lebanese took to the streets Tuesday to demonstrate against the UN Security Council resolution 1559, and to reassure their commitment to the "unity of track and destiny with Syria," organizers said.

 

Resolution no. 1559 calls for withdrawal of "foreign forces" from Lebanon.

 

National and political parties as well as clergymen from across the country participated in the Beirut demonstration, carrying photos of both Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Emile Lahoud of Lebanon, shouting slogans in rejection of foreign intervention.

 

The demonstration was described as the "greatest in Lebanon’s history."

On his part, Deputy Secretary General of Hizbullah Sheikh Na’im Qassem reiterated during the evnt Lebanon’s rejection of the UN Security Council resolution. “People came from all Lebanese regions to say no to foreign intervention, yes to resistance and to relations between Syria and Lebanon … we believe that it’s in the interest of Lebanon is to stand with Syria under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad,” Sheikh Qassem said in Beirut Tuesday.

 

He expressed appreciation of the sacrifices offered by Syria to help Lebanon keep national unity and stability.

 

Meanwhile, Chief of the Syrian National Socialist Party in Lebanon Jubran Arbaji, echoed Sheikh Qassem remarks, adding that the resolution No. 1559 also targets the national resistance and aims at isolating Lebanon from its Arab environment.

 


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