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Hezbollah-Led Protesters Urge Lebanese Government to Resign

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Thousands of Hezbollah supporters have camped out in Beirut for a second day, demanding Lebanon's U.S.-backed government resign.

Protesters erupted in anti-government chants and nationalist songs in Saturday's mainly peaceful opposition demonstration.

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora -- who has been holed up in his office near the demonstrations -- has refused to step down.

Mr. Siniora told reporters today that taking to the streets will not produce any results. He urged Hezbollah to return to the negotiating table.

The demonstrators say they will not move until Mr. Siniora resigns.

Hezbollah, a Shi'ite militant group, is demanding a new national unity government. Mr. Siniora says there is no way to remove a government except through parliament.

The U.S. State Department has voiced concern that Hezbollah and its allies, with the support of Iran and Syria, are trying to destabilize Lebanon.

Tensions have been high in Beirut since the November 21st assassination of anti-Syrian Christian politician Pierre Gemayel.

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