Lebanon News

March 14 stresses impact of Cedar Revolution

March 14 coalition members meet in Ashrafieh, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: The March 14 Secretariat-General Wednesday stressed the importance and impact of the Cedar Revolution on Lebanon’s modern history on the eve of the movement’s eighth anniversary.

A statement that was released following the weekly meeting at March 14’s offices in Ashrafieh, and read by Kataeb official Sassine Sassine, said that “[the historical event was] cross-sectarian and cross-partisan.” The statement said that the participants of the meeting discussed preparations for Sunday’s rally at BIEL in Beirut.

Thursday, a number of delegations representing the movement will launch the commemoration by laying wreaths on the grave of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and his companions, who were assassinated in a truck bomb attack on Feb. 14, 2005, while wreaths will also be placed on the graves of the politicians, journalists, activists and security officials who were assassinated in a string of attacks beginning that year. The activities will be crowned by a wreath-laying ceremony at Martyrs’ Square, to honor all Lebanese martyrs, regardless of their political and sectarian affiliation.

Separately, the head of the youth department of the National Liberal Party, Simon Dergham, hailed the martyrs of the Cedar Revolution who died while defending Lebanon and contributed to the departure of Syrian troops.

“The NLP was and will always be an essential pillar in the March 14 alliance. Its members will continue their struggle and their support for the Army in preserving security and coexistence against the presence of any illegal arms,” Dergham added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 14, 2013, on page 3.




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