300,000 Lebanese Gather to Remember Rafik al-Hariri
UPDATE: Media whitewashes protest of 300,000 pro-government supporters!
The mood was subdued amid fears the divided country could erupt and exhaustion over the prolonged political crisis. Hundreds of troops were deployed to deter a clash between the sides a day after bombs tore through buses and killed three people.
The demonstration, which ended in the afternoon without incident, lacked the fervor seen at past protests mounted by both sides of Lebanon’s political spectrum.
Tens of thousands of supporters of the U.S.-backed government packed Martyrs Square to commemorate Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister killed in a suicide bombing on Feb. 14, 2005. But save for a few outbursts of slogan chanting and small groups singing and dancing to the beat of drums, the rally was uneventful. Many youths dozed on the grass or chatted with friends.
Absolutely amazing! Only the the liberal media could describe of massive crowd of 300,000 as being subdued and exhausted!
From Beirut to the Beltway has the video that shows something completely different.
It has been two years since the assassination of Rafik Hariri sparked mass democracy protests that pushed Syria out of Lebanon and brought democratic elections to the country.
Today, two years later, over 300,000 Lebanese gathered at Martyr’s Square to remember their former prime minister, Rafik Hariri adn the Valentine’s Day massacre.
Supporters of assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri wave national flags during a mass rally in central Beirut February 14, 2007. (Reuters)
The terrorist bus bombings from yesterday could not keep the protesters from gathering in Martyr’s Square.
Lebanese religious leaders stand as they pay tribute at the grave of assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in downtown Beirut February 13, 2007. (REUTERS/ Mahmoud Kheir)
Naharnet writes that Assad was attacked and Hezbollah mocked at the protest.
Supporters of assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri wave national flags at the Martyrs Square during a mass rally in central Beirut February 14, 2007. (Reuters)
Ya Libnan has a wonderful slide show of the massive protest.
Women chant slogans during a mass rally to mark the second anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in central Beirut February 14, 2007. (Reuters)
Lebanese supporters of assassinated Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri wave flags as blue balloons fly over Martyrs Square during a mass rally in Beirut February 14, 2007. (Reuters)
Saad Hariri, left, son of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, prays at his father’s grave in downtown Beirut, Lebanon during a rally to mark the second anniversary of Hariri’s assassination Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007. (Yahoo)
The BBC has video (HERE) of the massive protest. The video also shows the less excited occupants at Hezbollah’s tent city that is located not far from the rally.