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March 14 commemorates Shatah's assassination
Former PM Fouad Siniora, far right, stands next to the sons and wife of slain former Minister Mohammad Shatah on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
Former PM Fouad Siniora, far right, stands next to the sons and wife of slain former Minister Mohammad Shatah on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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BEIRUT: The March 14 coalition commemorated seven days on the assassination of former Minister Mohammad Shatah Saturday, vowing once again to “liberate” Lebanon from Hezbollah’s control by arms.

Shatah, senior aide of former PM Saad Hariri, was killed in a car bomb on Dec. 27 in Downtown Beirut along with seven others including a 16-year-old boy. The explosion also wounded dozens.

Former PM Fouad Siniora, head of the Future bloc, along with March 14 figures and Shatah’s family attended the memorial where the veteran was laid to rest last week at the mausoleum of former PM Rafik Hariri in Martyrs’ Square.

During the memorial, Future Movement's secretary-general Ahmad Hariri said the March 14 group would remain firm in the face of “illegitimate arms,” in a clear reference to Hezbollah who the coalition blamed for Shatah’s killing.

“We prefer to be killed a thousand times by their weapons rather than carry our own [arms] against the state,” Hariri said.

“We will not surrender but we will protect Lebanon from the destruction of arms. We will face the culture of death with our love for life and remain the righteous crowd that eliminates strife through awareness and wisdom,” he added.

“We will instead be armed with the ideas of state-building and the strength of justice to liberate Lebanon from the known and exposed threat of illegitimate arms,” Hariri said.

Hariri also spoke about the so-called “Cedar Revolution” in 2005 when thousands of people led by figures of the now-March 14 coalition took to the streets demanding the withdrawal of the Syrian Army from Lebanon, saying the group would remain committed to “the peaceful resistance.”

“Those who never gave in to the [Syrian] occupation or tutelage will never give in to the occupation of arms,” he said.

“The Lebanese who filled the arenas in 2005 have got enough courage to protect their freedom ... Neither you nor your weapons will kill this freedom or oppress it,” Hariri added.

“For nine years, we have been resisting peacefully and politically, and today, the killers will not be victorious as long as we insist on this peaceful resistance [...] that exposed those weapons murdering Lebanese and Syrians alike,” he said.

The Future Movement and its allies in the March 14 group staunchly oppose Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria, saying the resistance group’s presence there was a danger to Lebanon, and setting their withdrawal as a condition for forming a national unity government.

 
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