File - Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
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The principles of the March 14 "Independence Uprising," which led to the pullout of the Syrian army from Lebanon 10 years ago, will remain a landmark in the country's history and the conscience of the Lebanese who have fought for their freedom, sovereignty and national dignity, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Friday.The head of the Future Movement also said Lebanon would not be part of the Iranian empire, warning that Hezbollah's defense of the "tyrannical" regime in Syria was not the right way to fight terrorism that is threatening to destabilize the country. "March 14 remained over the last 10 years a title of the Lebanese spirit of revolt against injustice".He was referring to a Hezbollah-led mass protest in Beirut on March 8, 2005, to thank Syria for its military and political role in Lebanon. The Syrian army, under massive local and international pressure, was forced to withdraw from Lebanon in April 2005, ending nearly three decades of Syria's domination of its smaller neighbor. Hariri devoted part of his statement to implicitly lashing out at Hezbollah's intervention in Syria, warning that the party's support for "tyranny" in Damascus was not the appropriate way to fight Islamist militants who have frequently clashed with the Lebanese Army in areas near the border with Syria.
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