Scores of Lebanese cheer Syria pullout

March 14, 2005 at 8:03 AM
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 14 (UPI) -- Hundreds of thousands of supporters of the Lebanese opposition crammed the main square in downtown Beirut Monday to cheer Syria's pullout.

The demonstration marked the one-month anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Demonstrators of all ages, including school and university students, carried banners and hoisted Lebanese flags and posters of Hariri as they shouted, "Syria out."

"We want freedom, independence and national unity and the truth on who assassinated Hariri," read one banner. "One fight, one liberty for all Lebanese," read another.

"We want the Syrian troops out and we want to rule ourselves freely without any foreign interference," said Mohammed Jawad, a 20-year-old Muslim university student.

George, a Christian student, said: "We want change. We want democracy and a non-sectarian country ... These are objectives shared by the majority of Lebanese."

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