Lebanon’s opposition has called for a peaceful popular uprising against Syria’s grip on the country.
It holds both the Lebanese and Syrian governments responsible for the assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri on Monday. After a long meeting in a Beirut hotel, the opposition said sit-ins should be held until what it described as the illegitimate regime resigned. Hariri’s death in an explosion in the Lebanese capital sparked anti-Syrian feeling and renewed world pressure on Damascus to loosen its political grip and remove troops from Lebanon. Candlelit vigils for the murdered Hariri continued last night, with many Lebanese adding their signatures to posters calling for Syria to leave. The US, which recalled its ambassador from Damascus this week, said Syria must help investigate the killing – or face further sanctions. Meanwhile anti-Syrian feeling spilled over near the northern city of Tripoli as protesters set fire to the tents of Syrian farm workers. No one was injured. Damascus has denied all involvement in Hariri’s death.