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Protest called in Lebanon to overthrow government


Lebanon is being shaken by more political unrest: the opposition has called for a mass protest tomorrow to demand a new government. In a televised address, the head of the pro-Syrian Hizbollah movement called for a peaceful, civilised and popular movement.

The demonstration is to take place near the government offices and parliament in Beirut. It comes after weeks of tension pitting the pro-Syrian opposition against anti-Syrian factions supporting the government. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has seen his grip on power weaken; six opposition cabinet ministers resigned earlier this month.

But Marwan Hamade an anti-Syrian minister was defiant: “We will tell them that the government in Lebanon, as is the case in any democracy, is not overthrown by demonstrations. We have a majority in the House, we have a majority in the country and we are sticking to it and Hezbollah will not be able to overthrow the Lebanese government.” Tension in Beirut has soared since the assassination of the anti-Syrian minister Pierre Gemayal a week and a half ago. Mourners at his funeral accused Syria of committing the murder and trying to trigger another conflict in Lebanon.

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