In Beirut, the Syrian Nationalist Party celebrated its forty-sixth anniversary with a rally on Sunday, (19 November).
SV party members parade down street in Beirut
SV children marching wearing party T-Shirts
SCU interior SNSP leader Abdallah Saade listening to speech
CU speech by Georges Haoui Assistant Secretary of the Lebanese Communist Party and crow applauding
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Background: In Beirut, the Syrian Nationalist Party celebrated its forty-sixth anniversary with a rally on Sunday, (19 November). The head of the party Abdallah Saade is also political adviser to the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat. Speeches after the rally included strong criticism of the Lebanese President, Elias Sarkis by the Assistant Secretary of the Lebanese Communist Party, George Haoui.
SYNOPSIS: Members of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SNSP) paraded through the streets of West Beirut with party flags and banners. The SNSP is a muslim group committed to a continued armed struggle with Israel. After the rally, party supporters listened to speeches by prominent left-wing figures, including a spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organisation.
One of the early speakers was SNSP leader, Abdallah Saade. He emphasised the need to strengthen relations between Arab countries in anticipation of another Arab-Israeli war, and supported the continuing presence of the Syrian peace-keeping force in Lebanon. Lebanese newspapers report that this speech by Georges Haoui, Assistant Secretary of the Lebanese Communist Party strongly criticised Lebanese President, Elias Sarkis. He accused him of failing to implement recommendations on internal security in Lebanon made by Arab Foreign Ministers at their Beiteddin meeting in October.