Saturday, February 10, 2007

14 February a day off and Martyrs` square divided

AFP/File Photo: Former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri is seen here in October 2004. The Lebanese government... 14 February is an official day off (this year?), while I am happy to add one more day off from work, nevertheless I am 100% sure they will make us go to work anyway. Moreover, the real question that I asked is: "Why?" Why is it a day off? It should just be a memorial day and that's it.
"Public institutions will take a day off work on Wednesday, February 14 on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Rafiq Hariri and his companions," according to a government decree carried on Saturday by state news agency ANI.
Needless to remind here that the Opposition campers are still camping in both El Solh and Martyrs' square, and now we have a new function for the Lebanese Army, which is to play the referee, thus dividing the squares among opposition and Hariri's tribute payers on February 14. Will this day add to its description beside being Valentine's day and the day Rafic Hariri was assassinated, a day like Tuesday 23 or Thursday 25 January? Nah... no way!
The pro-government coalition has called for a huge gathering on Wednesday in central Beirut, where Hariri is buried, next to where the pro-Syrian opposition has been staging an ongoing sit-in since December 1.

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