Thursday, 24 January 2008

Lebanon strike update

I have just received these updates:

The Ras al-Nabba' and Sin el-Fil areas are half out. Ashrafieh remains solid. The southern suburbs, including Dahieh, are totally shutdown. The Sunni areas of west Beirut are one third out.

It can be confirmed that the unions have cancelled all gatherings and demonstrations, however there are protests in the Bekaa Valley, including Baalbek and the mainly Christian city of Zahle.

Unconfirmed is a report of two protesters being gunned down in Baalbek.

Reports are coming in of demonstrations and road blockades across the agricultural heartlands.

The North
There was a peaceful demonstration in the northern city of Tripoli. This is significant as those who oppose the government have been living in terror since the army overran the Palestinian camp of Nahr al-Bared. A demonstration under such conditions means that an opposition is finally beginning to find its voice there.

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