In a speech likely to raise tensions even further in Lebanon the Hizbollah leader in the country has vowed to pursue his campaign to oust the Western-backed government. But Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said his powerfu. Shi’ite Muslim group would not be dragged into a civil war. He was addressing a rally in Beirut by video conference from an undisclosed location. Thousands of opposition followers have been camped out for a week in squares near government headquarters in central Beirut.
The protest, calling for a national unity government, is dominated by pro-Syrian Lebanese but includes followers of a Christian party. The anti-Syrian Prime Minister Fouad Siniora shows no signs of backing down. He told his own supporters at a rally: “We are sticking to our principles.” But he also called for dialogue with the opposition.
It claims his government no longer has any legitimacy since six pro-Hizbollah ministers resigned last month after failing to get veto power in the cabinet. As the protests continue there are fears the tensions could erupt into widespread violence between the two sides.