Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese packed the streets of Beirut Monday to demand a complete Syrian withdrawal from their country -- in the biggest demonstration since the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri one month ago.
People from across Lebanon came to the capital for the massive rally and to demand a full inquiry in Mr. Hariri's murder. The opposition blames Damascus and Beirut's pro-Syrian government for his death, but both deny involvement. The anti-Syrian protests led to the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karameh, who was recently re-appointed and is set to begin forming a new government Tuesday.
The demonstrations also increased pressure on Syria to end its nearly three-decade presence in Lebanon. Syrian officials say a joint Syrian-Lebanese military commission will meet April 7th to decide on final details of a full withdrawal.