Monday, February 28, 2005
From Publius Pundit (via Instapundit) [as an aside, I call for a moratorium on blogs named blank-pundit]:

According to Lebanonwire, 10,000 people have poured into Martyr’s Square between late Sunday night and 5:00 this morning, despite a ban on protests:

BEIRUT, Feb 28 (AFP) - Two weeks after the assassination of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri, some 10,000 people massed in the streets of Beirut early Monday in defiance of a ban as the government faced a tough test in parliament where the opposition planned to present a censure motion to bring it down.

The Lebanese opposition vowed to defy the pro-Syrian regime on the streets and in parliament on Monday, amid claims of ministerial resignations, after a top US envoy upheld demands for an immediate Syrian troop pullout from Lebanon.

Waving the Lebanese flag and shouting “Syria out!” the protesters ignored a ban on demonstrations and converged on the central Martyrs’ Square as hundreds of heavily armed but good-natured troops aided by police deployed jeeps and trucks to the main crossroads leading to the square.

They continued the sit-in on Martyrs’ Square after 5:00 am (0300 GMT) despite the ban on protests, announced by Lebanese Interior Minister Suleiman Frangieh, coming into effect.

At 0300 GMT the opposition demonstrators sang the national anthem, as leading opposition figure Akram Shehayeb harangued the crowd and called on the watching soldiers to join the protest.

Much more at Publius Pundit (who will be updating throughout the day), so read the whole thing here.
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