Monday, February 21, 2005

Thousands of Lebanese Protesters Gather to Denounce Syria

As I've been reporting, even though this story had virtually disappeared from Western news radar it continued to seethe at full boil throughout the middle east. Now some Western news sources are paying attention again.

Thousands of Lebanese protesters have gathered in Beirut, a week after the killing of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The protesters, led by opposition figures, shouted slogans blaming Syria for the killing.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Thousands of flag-waving Lebanese took to Beirut's streets shouting "Syria out" on Monday, falling silent for one minute at the exact time former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was assassinated one week ago.
Voice of America
Thousands of demonstrators marched in central Beirut to call for an international investigation into the assassination last week of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. The massive demonstration also called for the quick removal of Syrian troops in Lebanon, as well as an end to Syrian dominance of the Lebanese government.
This is a story that's not going to go away. The Hariri assassination may be the beginning of the end for the oppressive Damascus regime and its puppet Lebanese government.