Public service workers are clearing up in Beirut, after violence between rival mobs left three dead and over a hundred injured in the Lebanese capital. The clashes broke out after opposition parties called for a general strike against the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. The demonstrations were called off shortly before Siniora left for Paris to attend the international aid conference for Lebanon. The country’s debts amount to over 40 billion dollars and servicing them takes up one third of its financial resources
As security forces struggled to quell the rioting, the Prime Minister said the government would not tolerate threats to public order. Opposition groups, including Hizbollah, want an end to the Siniora administration and the introduction of a national unity coalition in which they would have the right to veto government decisions.