Hizbollah shuts down Lebanon
From the Houston Chronicle
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hezbollah-led protesters paralyzed Lebanon Tuesday by burning tires and cars on major thoroughfares in and around the capital to enforce a general strike that aims to topple the government.
Clustering in small groups to man the blazing roadblocks, opposition supporters escalated their nearly two-month protest. Commuters were stranded and silence hung over many commercial districts amid reports of scattered violence.
Police said seven people suffered gunshot wounds in disturbances between supporters of the guerrilla group and pro-government activists in central and northern Lebanon. Michel Aoun, a senior opposition leader, told Al-Arabiya television that the wounded were all members of the opposition.
Police and troops deployed in the thousands across the country worked to open roads, sometimes negotiating with protesters, but refraining from using force. In some instances, the military separated the opposition and government supporters, who scuffled and hurled rocks and insults.
Hezbollah chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and other opposition leaders called the strike, which was backed by labor unions. Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and his supporters urged citizens to ignore the call, a move endorsed by banking associations and business leaders.
Syria, Iran and their Hizbollah lapdogs are attempting nothing less than a coup d’état to overthrow the elected government in Lebanon.
In the Bullpen & Nuke’s News and Views point out this article from a Saudi Arabian Magazine. Which clearly show that Iran is funding the Strike and attempt to bring down the freely elected Siniora government.
Here is one quote from the article:
Hezbollah official, Bilal Naimi, in an interview with al-Majallah, denied the claim that the Shiite group was paying a daily sum to the protestors. But he said that it was possible for protestors to benefit from funds made available to Hezbollah-linked charities by Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, for “religious ends”.
Naimi said that money collected in the Shiite community in Iran and elsewhere to assist the poor, known as the Khoms, was being made available to young people participating in the protests.