Protest near French embassy over Hezbollah weapons
(14 Jul 2020) Dozens of protesters staged a sit in outside the French Ambassador's residence in Beirut on Tuesday, demanding the disarmament of Hezbollah and the implementation of a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from the country.
Protesters called on French President Emmanuel Macron to help Lebanon in implementing the resolution.
Resolution 1559 was passed by the U.N. Security Council in 2004, when both Syria and Hezbollah maintained a presence in Lebanon.
It called for the establishment of full sovereignty in Lebanon, the withdrawal of all non-Lebanese forces and the disarmament of all militias in the country.
It also declared support for a "free and fair electoral process," without foreign interference.
Hezbollah has evolved from its origin as a guerilla group into major political force and steadily increased its role in the Lebanese politics since the assassination of the late prime minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005.
It has held seats in many previous governments and parliaments.
The group has also been implicated in the explosion that killed Hariri, on which the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will issue a verdict on August 7.
The Iranian-backed Shiite party is the main ally of the current Lebanese president Michel Aoun and shares with him the majority of the seats in parliament.
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