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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Anti-Syrian Strike Called in Lebanon

Lebanon Wire has an article headlined "Lebanese business leaders plan strike to demand government resign." Link.
Leaders of Lebanon's banking, industrial and commercial sectors said they would shut down next Monday to demand the country's pro-Syrian government resign and that a "neutral" one replace it.

The strike would coincide with an expected vote of confidence in parliament, two weeks after the murder of former premier Rafiq Hariri in a bomb blast for which the opposition has pinned blame on the government and its Syrian backers. (...)

The statement called for a "total shutout in memory of Rafiq Hariri", the father of Lebanon's post-war reconstruction, on February 28, and backed calls for an international investigation of his assassination.

It was signed by Lebanon's association of banks and industrialists as well as the chambers of commerce and industry.

"The economic authorities believe that restoration of the democratic regime is an essential condition to establish confidence in the Lebanese economy," the statement said.

I bet Bashar Assad though it sounded like a great idea when his advisors came up with the plan to murder Hariri. After all, when his father had Bashir Gemayal, the president-elect of Lebanon, murdered in 1982, it ended pro-Western influence in that country's government and led to the Syrian occupation. But the world has changed since then, and the murder is backfiring big time on Assad. He is going to lose Lebanon, and there might just be a chance that he will lose Syria as well.

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