Hundreds of Thousands Chant "Death to US and Israel" in Beirut!

Hezbollah’s second in command led chants of “Death to the US and Israel” at today’s massive Pro-Hezbollah rally in Beirut!

Could someone please explain why a massive throng of people chanting “Death to America” does not make headlines in this country?

A general view of protesters at a mass rally in central Beirut called by the Hezbollah-led opposition to step up their 10-day campaign to topple Lebanon’s Western-backed government December 10, 2006. (REUTERS/Sharif Karim)

The Daily Star reports on today’s massive rally in downtown Beirut:

Leading protesters in a chant of “death to the US and Israel,” Sheikh Naim Qassem said: “I tell those who are hiding in their castles: ‘Open your eyes and ears to this scene; enough searching for international support. By God, neither the support of the US nor the Western countries and some Arab countries will help you. This crowd and public want its country back.'”

…Addressing Siniora and his Cabinet, Qassem continued: “You want hegemony over power and we want partnership. You want to divide this country among sects and we want it to be a country for all. You want power for yourselves and we want power to serve the people. You want to bring the Americans and we want to drive them away … Lebanon is strong and has no place for invaders.”

The demonstration was “purely political and peaceful,

not sectarian nor violent,” Qassem said. “It is a public move in the face of a failed and unconstitutional government.”

The New York Times mentions Qassam’s speech:

“Does Bush want national expression in Lebanon?” Sheik Qassem said to the crowd. “Does the West and Arabs want the voice of the people in Lebanon? Tell them, ‘Death to America.’ Tell them, ‘Death to Israel.’ Tell them, ‘Glory to a free Lebanon.’ ”

The BBC has video from the massive protest.

Lebanese woman holds a poster of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during a mass rally called by the Hezbollah-led opposition to escalate their drive to oust Lebanon’s Western-backed (democratically elected) government. (Reuters)

The Lebanese Sunni spiritual leaders say that toppling the Siniora government would be crossing a “red line” and that it will never be allowed!

Rumors have it that Hezbollah leader Nasrallah may have accepted an Arab peace plan for Lebanon. We will see.

Pajamas Media has a roundup of news surrounding today’s protest.

Previously:
Hezbollah Holds Mass Rally in Beirut

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