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Geagea says Christians should back Syria revolt
LF leader Samir Geagea speaks during a press conference in Maarab, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
LF leader Samir Geagea speaks during a press conference in Maarab, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea criticized Friday attempts trying to portray the Syrian crisis as one targeting Christians, saying the religious sect should continue supporting the uprising in Lebanon’s neighbor.

“There is some chaos in the Syrian revolution, but this does not mean that it is not a democratic revolution for the sake of [achieving] a democratic state in Syria,” Geagea said during a conference dubbed "the Christians in Lebanon and the Middle East: Challenges and Prospects."

“And we as Christians cannot be but with the Syrian revolution,” he said.

Geagea accused his Christian opponents in Lebanon of exploiting events in the Christian Syrian town of Maaloula for the good of President Bashar Assad.

“We realized that some figures or Lebanese Christian groups, whenever something happens in Maaloula try to portray the conflict in Syria as anti-Christian and this a big hoax,” he said.

Geagea said this scheme aimed at portraying the Assad regime as the protector of minorities “in an effort to keep the regime last longer.”

During the “Christian Gathering of the Levant,” a conference held in Beirut last month, Aoun said Arab governments were responsible for protecting Christians in the region against Salafist movements.

LF representatives did not attend the November conference which stressed the need for unity in the wake of the threat posed by extremist groups across the region.

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