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NEWS: Beirut Mourns And Protests

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posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 05:00 AM
The funeral of former Lebonese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri took place in Beirut this morning in a tense and emotional atmosphere following his assasination yesterday in a car bomb explosion. Multitudes brought Beirut to a standstill many chanting anti-government and anti-Syrian slogans.
Tens of thousands of Lebanese, many chanting anti-Syrian slogans, marched Wednesday in the funeral procession of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, killed in a bombing opposition leaders blame on Damascus.

Men wept uncontrollably as the procession wound through Beirut streets plastered with posters of the Sunni Muslim billionaire slain in a suspected suicide car bombing Monday.

"Syria out, Syria out," the mourners shouted as people threw rice from balconies onto an ambulance carrying the body of a man who had joined opposition calls for Syrian troops to leave.

The bombing revived memories of the 1975-90 civil war and spotlighted Lebanon's troubled ties with its powerful neighbor Syria. It has also led to renewed international pressure led by the United States and France for Syria to quit Lebanon.

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Though Syria is being blamed for this incident it has fiercely denied any involvement and there is so far no proof against it, yet the event does seem to be being used by Israel and the U.S.A to force an end to Syrian occupation of the Lebanon.

The U.S.A has withdrawn it's ambassador from Damascas while Israel has suspended all talk concerning the Golan Heights.

Both know that France, the former colonial power in Syria with close links to Damascas could normally be expected to counter these strong arm diplomatic tactics but former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was a close personal friend of Jacque Chirac and so more pressure can be put on than normal.

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posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 05:19 AM
More than 200,000 Lebanese marched silently behind the coffin of slain former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri after earlier chanting slogans against Syria, blamed by opposition leaders for his killing.


Demonstrators chanted slogans against Syria and the pro-Damascus Lebanese government, including:

"Bashar Assad, what do you want from us? Take your soldiers and leave," and "We will not fear speaking out. We don't want to see [President] Emile Lahoud.".

The Daily Star, Lebanon

AP reports, suspicions over Syrian involvement in Hariri's assassination further charged the atmosphere, with his family and supporters warning officials of the pro-Syrian Lebanese government to stay away.


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posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 07:31 AM
This incident is escalating faster that we think, the protest are massive and all is going to take is one spark to start some riots and killings.

I am afraid that the control so far in the region is going to fall apart.

Something that the Bush administration will welcome very much.

posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 03:09 PM
While Syria is an obvious suspect, considering the independent stance of the victim, we cannot completely rule out the possibillity that it might be too obvious, perhaps even a staged setup to bring out anti-syrian sentiment (wich was already under the surface no doubt about that)

Anyways, 300 kg TNT sounds rather like a millitary operation than your average insurgant roadside bomb, so it's not unfair to suspect at least some involvement of a foreign government, but is that foreign government syria ???

We have to ask ourselve, how much is Syria gaining or losing from this incident ?

Right now they are losing some ground on the PR, where they unaware of a possible backlash ? Would Lebanon slip out of their hands if they didn't got rid of him ?

Did the Syrians prevent an independant Lebanon, or does another party try to seperate Lebanon from Syria by staging this attack ??? Who would want to do such a thing ?

Anyway putting the explosion in Iran next to this, I think we are going to see a whole string of remarkable incidents in the following months, conspiricy boards and secret services around the world are going to have a field day....

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posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 08:50 PM

Originally posted by Countermeasures
Right now they are losing some ground on the PR, where they unaware of a possible backlash ? Would Lebanon slip out of their hands if they didn't got rid of him ?

A possible answer is that Syria is behind this, and that they are now kicking themselves. Bashar Assad is not known for his calm temper. Perhaps since Hariri was so close to announcing his unilateral opposition to Syrian interference in Lebanon, his killing was a thoughtless, ill-conceived plot to difuse the situation. One thing is for sure, if Syria was behind this, this turned out the wrong way for them.

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