Lebanon protests enter 10th day

Opposition protesters in Beirut, led by the pro-Syrian group Hezbollah, are to stage further rallies on Sunday, in the 10th day of protests in Lebanon.

Lebanon protests enter 10th day
Protesters have brought central Beirut to a standstill since December 1, who say they will not move until Fouad Siniora, the prime minister, agrees to form a government of national unity.
On Saturday, Michel Aoun, the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, called for Siniora to step down.
He said: "Mr prime minister go home, it's better for you because you cannot captain the ship."
He also repeated opposition accusations that Siniora was a subordinate of the US.
The ruling coalition is made up of Sunni Muslim, Druze and several Christian parties, while the opposition consists of Shia groups, Hezbollah and the Christian Free Patriotic Movement party.
Siniora and the government's Sunni-led majority have refused the oppositions demands and accused Hezbollah of trying to stage a coup in the wake of their 34-day war against Israel in July and August.
On Sunday, the pro-opposition Ad-Diyar newspaper's front page read: "Opposition to rally largest crowd today."
The paper said the opposition would escalate its campaign from Monday, calling for strikes that would lead to a civil disobedience campaign.
For his part, Siniora, in speech on Sunday that was telecast by Al Jazeera and other Arabic channels, said: "Our hand is stretched out to all parties ... we will not close the doors. We will keep the doors open for a bright future. And as we stood defiant against the Israeli aggression, united steadfast, defending our country, we will stand in the face of this ordeal defending out values, the democratic system and national reconciliation and harmony, while opening out hearts to everyone, based on established national patriotic and democratic principles."
As long as it takes
Hashem Ahelbarra, an Al Jazeera correspondent at the protests in Beirut, said: "People here are saying they will stay here for as long as it takes to topple the government."
One Shia protester has been killed and several people hurt in shooting incidents and clashes between supporters of both sides over the past week.
Thousands of Lebanese soldiers and police have been stationed around the the capital ahead of the protest.
A number of pro-government rallies have also been held in several areas of Lebanon.
Sunday will also see a memorial for Gebran Tueni, the Lebanese journalist who called for the withdraw of Syrian troops from Lebanon and was assassinated in 2005.
The memorial will be held at Tueni's newspaper, An-Nahar.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16