11.08.2011 11.Aw-Elul, 5771
Beirutis rally against Assad's crackdown; Protesters in Syria burn Hezbollah flags as Nasrallah stands behind Damascus.
Syria’s crackdown is intensifying old divisions in neighboring Lebanon, where the ruling pro-Damascus bloc led by Hezbollah is pitted in a war of words, with opposition groups denouncing the violent five-month counter-insurgency.
Some 800 people took to the streets of the Lebanese capital Monday to rally against Syrian President Bashar Assad, and police were called in to contain the smaller pro-Syrian rallies that followed. The protest was largely peaceful, with demonstrators shouting, “Syria wants freedom,” “Anyone who kills his people is a murderer and a coward,” and “the people want an end to the regime,” Beirut’s Daily Star newspaper reported….