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March 14 youth blast Cabinet, call for sit-in

March 14 supporters walk to the sit-in near the Grand Serail. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The March 14 Youth and Student organization will hold a sit-in outside the Grand Serail Wednesday as part of its protest calling on the government to resign.

“The Youth and Student Organization of March 14 calls on all Lebanese youth and civil society groups to gather at the Grand Serail at 6:30 Wednesday night ... in conjunction with the Cabinet session at Baabda Palace which aims at affirming its survival as opposed to our stance,” the group said.

The sit-in would be part of the opposition group’s plan to bring down Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government via democratic means, which began following the assassination of police Information Branch chief Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan.

The coalition accuses Syrian President Bashar Assad of being behind the killing and holds Mikati and his government responsible.

In its statement Wednesday, the March 14 Youth organization said: “Hezbollah decided to convene its government today and its Prime Minister Najib Mikati yielded with a clear conscience, indifferent of the blood of the Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan has not dried yet.”

It also added that Mikati was responsible for Hasan’s killing as well as the “blood of the victims” of the blast, which also wounded over 100 others.

“But if Mikati does not consider himself to be responsible for covering the killing of Hasan, as we do, then he is responsible for [devaluing] the blood of the victims in Ashrafieh by continuing to head a government that cries over those who were killed, covers up the killer and resumes meetings as if nothing had happened,” the statement added.

The youth organizations have set up tents outside the Grand Serail in an open-sit demanding the resignation of the government.

The March 14 coalition met Tuesday at former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s residence in Beirut and declared a total boycott of the government.

“In order to face the dangers threatening Lebanon and based on the fact that we are against taking the confrontation to the streets, the March 14 coalition announces its total boycott of this government and is determined to use all democratic means, including popular protests to achieve its goals,” the opposition group said in a statement Tuesday.

“The battle is to face the dangers that beset Lebanon and that cannot be faced by a government which lost the confidence of the majority of the Lebanese,” it added.





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