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Monday, March 07, 2005

Hezbollah to hold pro-Syria demonstrations


Hezbollah, the militant Shiiite Muslim movement, very often termed as a hard headed terrorist organization by some, freedom fighters by others declared national demonstrations will be held Lebanon, in a show of support of Syria. More importantly, the demonstrations are in protest over ‘foreign intervention’ that were bent on ousting Syrian troops from Lebanon. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the movements security general and chief, candidly exclaimed that Hezbollah and other pro-Syrian movements had rejected the call for withdrawal of Syrian troops from the country and therefore, they would hold peaceful demonstrations to establish the same. Lebanese opposition leaders expecting any sort of compliance from Hezbollah in their attempt to hurl Syrian intelligence services and troops from the country obviously had their hopes razed to the ground with Nasrallah’s announcement. Beirut will see the first protest demonstration tomorrow near the central square avenue. It was here that Lebanese anti-Syrian movements of the opposition had held protests following the assassination of Rafik Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon.
This will likely be a key event in Lebanese freedom. If the Hezbollah backed demonstrations turn violent, it may be enough to com the pro-freedom demonstrators and give the Syrian's an excuse to remain in control of that country. This would be a risky manuever, both for Syria and Hezbollah as it could easily backfire. Hezbollah would also be in jeopardy of losing a lot of European support, which they currently enjoy, if they are percieved to be behind violence in Lebanon. The most we can do right now is keep a close eye on the situation.


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