Miss Middle East poses with a group of demonstrators supporting the families of captive soldiers and policemen in Downtown Beirut, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The families of Lebanon's 25 captive soldiers and policemen slammed the government Sunday for failing to bring back their men, threatening to take matters into their own hands.Haidar criticized lawmakers for agreeing to extend their own mandates and "insulting the Lebanese people's dignity," but failing to stop the killings captive servicemen.Gharios resumed his speech after the crowd calmed down, telling them that he considered the captives his relatives too, and that his bloc never stopped supporting them.Pastor Tony Khadra, head of a Christian NGO called Labora, urged the creation of a shadow cabinet to monitor the authorities' performance on the crisis.Such a shadow government, he said, must include figures from parties and groups who are not represented in the Cabinet, especially NGOs and civil society activist groups.The crowd was most touched by a speech from the 6-year-old daughter of captive Abbas Msheikh.
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