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March 14 calls for mass Beirut demo over Hasan’s killing

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea attends a March 14 meeting in Maarab, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)

BEIRUT: The March 14 coalition called over the weekend for a “day of rage” in Beirut Sunday over the recent car bombing that claimed the lives of at least five people, including top security official Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan.

“Tomorrow is not an ordinary day... It is a day for the Lebanese and the martyrs. You are all invited to take part in the funeral of Hasan and protest to ask for Lebanon’s sovereignty again,” MP Nuhad Mashnouq said, reading a statement from the opposition group.

“Let tomorrow [Sunday] be ... a day of anger in the face of the butcher Bashar Assad and the black regime that rules Syria with the power of fire and destruction and wants to export blood and devastation to our country Lebanon,” added Mashnouq, an outspoken critic of Assad.

A car bombing in the busy Beirut neighborhood of Ashrafieh Friday claimed the lives of at least five people, including Hasa who headed the police’s Information Branch.

Mashnouq said during Sunday’s demo, which will coincide with Hasan’s burial near the tomb of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Martyrs’ Square, protesters would call for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government, “which only serves to implement the policies of the Syrian regime.”

“You are all invited to go back to the Martyr’s Square and call for toppling the Cabinet and restoring the role of the state’s institutions,” the statement said.

According to the March 14 statement, the protestors will also demand that Hezbollah hand in the four suspects indicted by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the case of Hariri’s assassination.

Hariri, a five-time Lebanese prime minister who was assassinated by a massive car bomb in 2005, is buried beside the Mohammad al-Amin Mosque in Martyrs' Square, Downtown Beirut.

The opposition group also said that the protestors would call on the Arab League and the U.N. Security Council to take the appropriate measures to preserve Lebanon’s stability.

“Such measures should include deploying the international troops [UNIFIL] alongside the Lebanese-Syrian borders,” Mashnouq said.

Hasan’s funeral will be attended by Future Movement officials, including its general secretary Ahmad Hariri, sources told The Daily Star earlier in the day.





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