Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Hariri Assassination: Two Year Anniversary



News Excerpts:

(From Yahoo!News)
Thousands of Lebanese people gathered Wednesday at the city center grave of Rafik Hariri to mark the second anniversary of his assassination as the government deployed hundreds of troops to deter trouble, a day after two bombs killed at least three people.

Along with the thousands of flags, banners, and plackards, were two giant hanging effigies with Arabic writing that read: 'The injustice,' and 'The totalitarianism'.

(From Naharnet)
Parliament’s majority leader Saad Hariri said: “we are ready for any brave decision in favor of Lebanon, but the international tribunal is the only gateway to any solution.”

Druze leader Walid Jumblat vowed that “we will not surrender in the face of terrorism, in the face of authoritarian parties be they Syrian or not … There will be no weapon except what is under the control of the Lebanese state.”He said the international tribunal will be established and “punishment and death sentence” will follow.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea pledged that “we will not bow. We will not succumb. We will not surrender. We will fear nothing. And we will not back off.” “We’ll chase criminals throughout the world,” Geagea added. He said only Lebanese troops should be allowed to carry weapons, adding the army and the government are the “resistance.”

Social Affairs Minister Nayla Moawad slammed the Assad regime for “trying to topple the Cedar revolution” but vowed that pro-government supporters will continue their struggle to achieve “victory.” She also urged Speaker Nabih Berri without naming him to call for a parliament session to ratify the international tribunal plan.

Legislator Ghassan Tueni addressing the crowd said the international tribunal should try those who committed “crimes against humanity.” He also said that Lebanon will remain steadfast against “plots and assassinations”.

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(Pictures courtesy of Yahoo!News)

11 comments:

  1. It was a glorious day by all means.... huge demonstrations without burning tires and closing streets....

    Huge difference....and everybody can see that

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  2. Janzir4:34 PM

    Well we saw the efforts at intimidation yesterday...this time instead of burning tires they burned people. Its the same perpetrators everytime...wake up people!!!

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  3. The Alawite Regime must be destroyed before Lebanon can live in peace...
    all those fools who claim to know Lebanese politics are just a bunch of amateurs and ignorants if they fail to understand that with such a regime in Syria we will never live in peace in Lebanon.

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  4. Anonymous8:16 PM

    Towards the east, the roads from Dora to Martyr square were full, towards the west the corniche from Riviera to the Port was full as people walked in the thousands and thousands, Martyr square flooded in all directions, they massed from the grave site till the waters of the port it couldn't hold them they flooded to Saifi in the east.and Starco to the west

    THE SKY SMILED on THEM AFTER A NIGHT of CLOUD AND RAIN, BY 7 PM SHAMS EL HORIRIEH SHINNED ON THEIR SOULS, and the THUNDER CAME

    YOU SYRIAN TRAITORS SHALL NEVER WIN IN LEBANON,

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  5. Anonymous8:27 PM

    Rafik Hariri was truly the heart of lebanon, his untimely death shocked the country, but may he rest in peace, and his legacy be remembered.

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  6. Druze Warrior10:18 PM

    To Free Shiites of 14March

    I SALUTE you. Thank you for standing with us today in martyr square commemorating our GREAT martyr RAFIC HARIRI. You are BRAVE Lebanese whom we LOVE and RESPECT. 14MARCH is for ALL Lebanese. 14MARCH is unity, peace and prosperity for ALL of Lebanon. You are part of 14MARCH as much as Future, LF, PSP and all the others ARE!!! ALL 14MARCH supporters are EQUALLY Lebanese. No one of us is more Lebanese than another one in 14MARCH.

    14MARCH is a MULTI CULTURAL political, educational and social movement whose MEANING and SENSE go beyond the Lebanese borders. 14MARCH is the SEED of a BIGGER REVOLUTION, a new RENAISSANCE, which should cover the whole Middle East and Arab world soon! The BATTLE for CHANGE in the region is a TOUGH and BLOODY one. 14MARCH with ALL what it represents, provides us with a PLATFORM and MECHANISM that could be TRANSFERRED into our NEIGHBORHOOD bringing to it DEMOCRACY and FREEDOM. We should help make it clear to the people of the region that democracy and freedom are NOT American products or goods, but BASIC human values that should be applied in our countries ALSO.

    A change in the ideology, mentality and “virtue system” of the people is ESSENTIAL to the whole neighborhood and ESPECIALLY to Lebanon. UNLESS we BREAK the WALLS of IGNORANCE around us allowing CIVILIZATION to pour into the region, we will stay VULNERABLE. Through HISTORY Lebanon has always been a PIONEER in the Arab world in the struggle between PROGRESSION and CONSERVATION. The EDUCATED Lebanese should help PLANT this 14MARCH SEED in every country in the Middle East and Arab world. We should CALL FOR, support and assist a REGIONAL CEDER REVOLUTION which blows the WINDS OF CHANGE over our neighborhood!

    I ASK ALL to JOIN us in 14MARCH. PUT your hands in our hands and let us WORK together to make a CHANGE in the Middle East! Let our motto be what a GREAT Lebanese teacher and martyr, ONCE said: “FREEDOM DESERVES THE ADVENTURE”!

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  7. Lebanese Warrior10:36 PM

    I would join your MARCH 14 if I didn't have to listen to idiots like Hariri, Jumblatt, Geagea, Mouwaad, Gemayel and co. who combined have an IQ of 10.

    None of the current leaders of either camp is the solution to our woes. So, Druze Warrior, please break free of your sectarian ideology.

    I want a free, prosperous Lebanon which answers to no one and will be a beacon of freedom, enlightenment and wealth, not only in the Middle East but in the world.

    But only a few people in Lebanon are ready for this as they still answer to warlords and other politicians who inherited their jobs.

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  8. Secularist Lebanese12:31 AM

    To those who want to protect Syrian and Iranian interests in Lebanon, I tell them to go and live there. To those who think the international community can solve all our problems, I tell them to go and live in Saudi Arabia, France and the U.S.A.

    To those who want to build a great Lebanon from within, I say that your cause is just but will require a lot of work and patience. The road will be paved with obstacles and disappointments but eventually we will reach this goal, on a day free from sectarianism and prejudice.

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  9. Mujahid Arzistan12:33 AM

    None of the current leaders of either camp is the solution to our woes. So, Druze Warrior, please break free of your sectarian ideology.

    I want a free, prosperous Lebanon which answers to no one and will be a beacon of freedom, enlightenment and wealth, not only in the Middle East but in the world.

    But only a few people in Lebanon are ready for this as they still answer to warlords and other politicians who inherited their jobs. "
    "

    I heartily agree with you Lebanese Warrior.

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  10. Mujahid Arzistan12:35 AM

    And secularist Lebanese's aspirations too!

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  11. curious to learn more about the rebuilding.. is it happening? who is funding? is there a massive displaced population? is the last war still an issue?

    sorry not trying to hijack your blog but curious as to what is going on and what the agenda is..

    i cant seem to follow..

    what are the key drivers of the social dissection that is going on?

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