Hizballah cancels major Ramadan rally

Sunday, October 15, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
It seems that Hizballah is showing signs of weakness within Lebanon: The organization has decided to cancel the central rally commemorating the Jerusalem Day celebrations this year.

The celebration marks the last Friday of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan and is usually celebrated with a big central rally where the supporters and members of Hizballah and other organizations come out and display their military power and make confrontational statements usually directed at Israel and the west.

This year, however, Hizballah has decided to cancel the traditional gathering and settle for regional celebrations. A statement released by the Hizballah says that "In order to ease on our honorable public, we decided to replace the central event with local activities."

The statement continues and says that because of the historical defeat of the "robber of Jerusalem" by the group's fighters, the organization has decided to settle for the mass victory rally held in Beirut on September 22.

With that, the citizens of Lebanon whose homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged as a result of the war have already begun protesting in different parts of the country for the lack of assistance they received from the government. This includes demonstrations in the Hizballah stronghold of Baalbek in the Bekaa Valley where people are demonstrating for lack of food.

Although these demonstrations are directed towards the central government in Beirut, it won’t be long before Hizballah will be the one to be blamed and suffer even more losses from the war.

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