Lebanese Catholics and Muslims honor slain Hariri, rally against Syria

.- Around 300,000 Lebanese gathered in Beirut’s Martyrs Square yesterday to honor Rafik al-Hariri, the former premier who was killed two years ago on Feb. 14. The crowd, made up of Muslims and Maronite Catholics called for justice regarding Hariri’s assassination and showed their support for the current anti-Syrian government.

The crowd also marked the UN Security Council’s approval of plans to establish a court to try Hariri's killers, despite objections from the Hezbollah-led opposition and from Lebanon's pro-Syrian president. Parliament's approval is required.

Hariri’s death in 2005 triggered international pressure, which forced Syria to withdraw its troops after 29 years in Lebanon.

Hariri, a Sunni Muslim billionaire tycoon with close ties to Saudi Arabia and France, masterminded Lebanon's reconstruction after its 1975-90 civil war. He had a falling out with Syria, then the dominant power in Lebanon, in the months before his death.

In fiery speeches, pro-government leaders denounced Syria, which they blame for the suicide bombing that killed Hariri and for later attacks on anti-Syrian figures.

The demonstration yesterday in Martyrs Square, where Hariri is buried, went ahead despite twin bus bombings in a Christian sector, on Tuesday. The ruling coalition accused Syria of organizing the blasts, which killed three people and wounded 20 others

According to Reuters, Christian Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea pledged that Lebanon would resist Syrian influence and would pursue the Hariri’s assassins “across the world and to the end of time."

Many of the demonstrators wore red caps commemorating Hariri, reading: "We really miss you."

Prime Minister Fouad Siniora declared Feb. 14 a national holiday and day of mourning. Shops, schools and businesses were closed.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

A Look at India from Rome
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods

Liturgical Calendar

August 1, 2014

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:54-58


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 26: 1-9
Gospel:: Mt 13: 54-58

Saint of the Day

St. Alphonsus Liguori »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:47-53


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: