Protests against the Lebanese government are continuing in Beirut as the sit-in by opposition protesters enters its sixth day. The tent city Hezbollah and its pro-Syrian allies have constructed outside the complex of official buildings saw tributes overnight to a fallen Shi’ite protester, buried yesterday and now being hailed as a martyr.
The battle of wills pits the anti-government forces against the pro-Western Lebanese prime minister, Fouad Siniora. In a show of solidarity, hundreds of his supporters joined the embattled leader. Holed up inside his office, Siniora maintains he will not be forced out. He has condemned Sunday’s killing of the young pro-Syrian protester, calling for dialogue with the opposition.
On Tuesday, a warning came from Lebanon’s army commander. He was quoted as saying the daily protests risk getting out of hand, and that his forces might be unable to keep the peace. With both sides entrenched, the fear is this crisis could plunge Lebanon into yet another civil war.