Report: Lebanese Rally Saturday, 'Demand Hariri's Return'

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Lebanese will gather in a mass rally on Saturday in a solidarity stand with Prime Minister Saad Hariri who resigned over the weekend amid rumors that he is being held against his will in Saudi Arabia, LBCI reported on Friday.

LBCI said that a sit-in will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday at Martyrs Square in Beirut to “uncover the ambiguity that has dominated the situation of President Saad Hariri since he announced his resignation and demand his return to Lebanon.”

“We are the free people in this country and we affirm that the dignity of Hariri, as a citizen and prime minister, is the dignity of this nation. Let us postpone the political debates and stand together in Martyrs' Square on Saturday,” read the invitation.

Hariri announced in a televised speech from Saudi Arabia on Saturday that he was stepping down, citing Iran's "grip" on Lebanon and threats to his life.

The shock announcement raised fears that Lebanon -- split into rival camps led by Hariri and the Iranian-backed movement Hizbullah -- could once again descend into violence.

It also raised questions about the fate of Hariri, who also holds Saudi nationality, as it coincided with the announcement in Saudi Arabia of an anti-corruption purge in which dozens of princes, ministers and businessmen have been rounded up.

Lebanon's Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Thursday demanded the return of prime minister Saad Hariri from Saudi Arabia.

"Today we demand the return to the nation of our Prime Minister Saad Hariri," tweeted Bassil.

Al-Mustaqbal Movement, led by Hariri, itself issued a statement on Thursday saying Hariri's return was "necessary" and essential for "total respect of Lebanon's sovereignty".

As questions about Hariri's fate mounted, the resigned premier's media office on Thursday said he had met at his "Riyadh" home with the French ambassador to Saudi Arabia Francois Gouyette.

Two days earlier he had met in Riyadh with the US charge d'affaires and with the British ambassador Simon Collins.

On Tuesday, official media in the United Arab Emirates said Hariri visited Abu Dhabi where he met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

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Comments 7
Missing endowed 10 November 2017, 11:23

No country or foreign government has the right to detain a foreign high-ranking politician. Mr Hariri must be allowed to return to his country without any further delay.

Thumb ashtah 10 November 2017, 11:32

Agreed; but do you have any evidence that he is being held against his will other than what hezbollah has said?

Thumb thepatriot 10 November 2017, 15:57

Ashta... I hear it is the case unfortunately... and this is extremely serious...

Thumb s.o.s 10 November 2017, 16:46

He put himself in a tough spot, it's his own responsibility to get out of it.

I heard from a Hariri relative that his bodyguards were sent back to Beirut. His GPS tracking devices (watch, belt) taken by Saudi security because they can be tracked by Hizbalot.

Thumb norma-jean 10 November 2017, 12:19

There will be another rally held at the same time and place calling for his stay in Saudi Arabia. Please, join Jannnah, Firdous, Gigi and I this Saturday in a women only vigil calling on Mr. Al Hariri to never return to Lebanon.

Thumb s.o.s 10 November 2017, 14:59

Allah ma3o, raw7a bala raj3a nshallah.

Either , we're in a tough spot because he messed up. After screwing us up, he tried to screw up bigger than him. He's not worth out attention. Khalas c'est finil. Next please.

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 10 November 2017, 15:13

lol @ Lebanese Rally