Monday, September 11, 2006

Hezbollah holds defiant rally in heavily bombed Beirut suburb

"Thousands of Hezbollah supporters on Monday filled the streets of a Beirut suburb heavily bombed in Israeli air raids, defending the militant group's right to bear arms and demanding that the government resign.

In its first rally in Beirut since the end of the war between Israel and Hezbollah, one of the group's 14 members of parliament poured scorn on the cabinet for receiving British Prime Minister Tony Blair earlier on Monday.

"We say to this government, you must go. You must go because you are a government that today received the killer Blair," Ali Ammar told supporters, waving yellow Hezbollah flags on flattened ground or standing on the broken shells of nearby buildings.

"This government cannot be trusted ... What we want is a government of national consensus that includes the honorable faces ... who stood by the Lebanon of resistance, of Arabism, sovereignty, freedom and independence.""

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