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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

More Progress in Lebanon


Hundreds of protesters waving Lebanese flags returned to central Beirut on Tuesday to demand Syria quit Lebanon after the toppling of the Syrian-backed government by what the media called 'people power.' Lebanese officials began a search for a new premier after the government of Prime Minister Omar Karami resigned on Monday following two weeks of protests, piling more pressure on Damascus, already under fire from the United States and Israel. Thousands of demonstrators turned a square in Beirut into a sea of Lebanese flags on Monday night and exploded into riotous celebration when the government unexpectedly quit after a parliament debate on the killing of ex-premier Rafik al-Hariri. The jubilant protesters left in the early hours of Tuesday only for a few hundred to return hours later, vowing to keep up their street protests until Syrian troops left the country.
Good for them!


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