Hezbollah calls for more protests

The leader of the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah, said that the opposition will not back down in its mass protests to bring down the Western-backed government.

Hezbollah calls for more protests
Hassan Nasrallah re-iterated his demand for a unity government and called for a huge protest on Sunday in central Beirut to intensify the pressure on Fouad Siniora, the prime minister.
Nasrallah said: "Those who are betting on our surrender are having an illusion.
"We insist on our demands, for the formation of a real government of national unity ... because it is the only means to prevent any foreign tutelage on Lebanon, so that we have Lebanese decision-making."
Tarýq Mitri, the Lebanese interim foreign minister, told Al Jazeera there were other ways of going about political change.
He said: "We need to get back to the political process."
'Peaceful and civilised'
Nasrallah's speech was broadcast live on two big screens to thousands of cheering opposition protesters who have gathered since Friday outside the government's offices in central Beirut.
Nasrallah said that the protest was "peaceful, civil and civilised," and pledged that the death of a 20-year-old Shia opposition supporter after violence on Sunday would not lead the protesters to violence.
He said: "When they killed Ahmed Mahmud, they wanted to push us to clashes ... I tell them ... we refuse civil war and discord."
The influential Hezbollah leader last addressed his followers on the eve of a mass protest that saw hundreds of thousands of flag-waving demonstrators take to the streets on Friday.
The opposition called Wednesday on Lebanese to "participate en masse in a demonstration Sunday in central Beirut at 3 pm [1300 GMT] in the hope that this will be a historic day on which our voices are heard".
The opposition, made up mainly of Christian and Shia factions, no longer recognises the government after six pro-Syrian ministers resigned last month.
The government, backed by an anti-Syrian parliament majority elected in 2005, has rejected repeated demands from Hezbollah and its allies for increased representation which would give them an effective veto in the cabinet.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16