Lebanon marks five-year anniversary of Hariri assasination
But has the Cedar Revolution has lost its way?
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Thousands of supporters on Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, which launched the 2005 Cedar Revolution. But the anniversary also brings questions about Lebanon's future, as the current government led by Mr. Hariri's son has been pursuing warmer relations with Syria.Skip to next paragraph
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- Supporters of Lebanon's majority "March 14" camp gathered in Beirut's Martyrs' Square on Sunday for a mass rally marking the occasion amid tight security. "The crowds that are here today are loyal to the man who sacrificed his blood and soul for the sake of Lebanon," Khaled Daher, a member of the Lebanese parliament, said. Al-Hariri's assassination in a car bombing on February 14, 2005, is significant for Lebanon as protests in the wake of the killing, combined with international pressure, led to the pullout of Syrian troops from Lebanon.
Hariri's assassination sparked what became known as the Cedar Revolution in 2005, as anti-Syrian protests forced Damascus to withdraw its troops from Lebanon after nearly thirty years of occupation. Lebanon's pro-Syrian regime also lost power, as the March 14 movement, led by Rafiq Hariri's son, Saad Hariri, gained control of the government. Saad Hariri was appointed Lebanon's prime minister in June last year, and now heads a unity government that includes pro-Syrian parties.