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Monday, March 14, 2005

Huge crowds swarm Beirut, protest Syria

lebanese_protest.jpg Sweet.

The Lebanese people have finally had enough of Syrian dominance, and they're out in force:

Hundreds of thousands of opposition backers chanted "Freedom, Sovereignty, Independence" and unfurled a huge Lebanese flag in central Beirut on Monday, throwing the biggest protest yet in the opposition's duel of street rallies with supporters of Syria and the Lebanese government. Crowds of men, women and children flooded Martyrs Square, spilling over into nearby streets, while more from across the country packed the roads into Beirut – responding to the opposition call to mark a month since the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri. His slaying sparked a series of protests against Syria, the dominant power in Lebanon.
Reports indicate that 800,000 demonstrators took to the streets in Beirut. Lebanon's entire population is less than 3.8 million.

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