Wednesday, April 25, 2007

This Protest Won't Go Away

By Dahr Jamail, Electronic Lebanon, 25 April 2007

"BEIRUT, Apr 25 (IPS) - Lebanon is caught in political gridlock in the face of sustained opposition to the U.S.-backed government.

The government is refusing to give in to opposition demands for more representation. The government says it is there to stay; so do the protestors.

Their opposition is very visible. Scores of tents, many with solar powered television sets, wooden walls and doors, and cooking facilities fill several huge parking lots at the foot of the heavily barricaded headquarters of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's government......

Others are happy at the unification amongst the different parties.

"It's new for us to be together with all of these other groups," a student from the Free Patriotic Movement who gave his name as Aran told IPS. "It is good because Muslims, Christians and all of the confessions are here together. We hope this experience will be diffused throughout society."....."

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