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Political activists in Sidon Saturday blew up a replica of the Israeli-made Merkava tank as part of celebrations marking Resistance and Liberation Day.Plumes of smoke ascended from the southern coastal city of Sidon's Martyrs Square after activists blew to pieces a replica of the infamous war vehicle they spent 261 hours assembling. While the Merkava tank is widely considered a symbol of Israeli military might, its reputation suffered badly during the summer 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon when Hezbollah guerillas, using innovative anti-tank missiles, destroyed several vehicles.Celebrated on May 25, Resistance and Liberation Day marks the withdrawal of Israeli troops from south Lebanon, 14 years ago in 2000 .Jomaa explained that 25 of his comrades at the left-wing Popular Democratic Party spent almost three months building an exact replica of the infamous Merkava Mk 4 .
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