A Nasserite organisation, the Arab Socialist Union, has paraded its troops and weapons in Beirut, Lebanon, as part of celebrations marking the anniversary of the organisation's formation.
GV ZOOM TO SV Military vehicles formed up for parade, including rocket launcher (2 shots)
SV Anti-aircraft guns on back of vehicles in parade
SV Arab Socialist Union troops marching with rifles and anti-tank weapons
GV Troops marching (2 shots)
GV Crowds beside street and portrait of late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, troops march past ZOOM TO CU portrait
SV Troops marching in parade (2 shots)
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Background: A Nasserite organisation, the Arab Socialist Union, has paraded its troops and weapons in Beirut, Lebanon, as part of celebrations marking the anniversary of the organisation's formation. About three hundred soldiers took part in the parade.
SYNOPSIS: The Arab Socialist Union showed off a number of sophisticated mobile weapons, including rocket launchers and modern anti-aircraft guns. The ASU is one of a number of leftist Lebanese organisations involved in the complex military and political conflicts which have been torn the country over the issues of internal government and relations with israel and the Arab world. But the debate that currently most seriously concerns leftist organisations in the Middle East relates to the proposals for palestinian autonomy. And a military solution to this question, backed by weapons like these, is sought by some supporters of the Palestinian cause.
The relations between the many factions in Lebanon were further complicated recently when a group of volunteer fighters from Iran attempted to join this ASU force and other armed leftists.
The ASU is inspired by the memory of the former Egyptian President, Gamal Abdel Nasser. During the last fifteen years of his life, President Nasser won the passionate support of a broad section of the Arab world. He sought to establish a Moslem, Arab and welfare state, and all he sought, although without the degree of success he hoped for, to unify the Arab world. And these Nasserite soldiers apply his inspiration to modern regional issues.