The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine has celebrated its tenth anniversary in a rousing show of unity and man-power in Beirut, Lebanon.
The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine has celebrated its tenth anniversary in a rousing show of unity and man-power in Beirut, Lebanon. The celebration brought together a number of different Palestinian factions in a display of unity.
SYNOPSIS: Palestinians and their supporters in Lebanon took to the streets of the city with banners and placards to express their allegiance.
Women and young boys, some of them barely teenagers, were among those who paraded with weapons and in military uniform. The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine was formed on the 21st of February, 1969, following a split within the Popular Front. It is now the largest of the radical left-wing factions in the Palestine movement. The D.F.L.P. describes itself as Marxist-Leninist, and has rejected more moderate groups within the Palestine Liberation Organisation as being too compromising.
Despite the turn-out in this official parade at the Beirut Municipal Stadium, the D.F.L.P. still commands only slight support. Of the ten thousands people at the rally, many of those were reportedly followers of Fatah, regarded as the more moderate faction within the Palestine Liberation Organisation, and headed by P.L.O. Chairman, Yasser Arafat.
And it was that leader who drew the most applause of the parade. Yasser Arafat was triumphant after his visit to Iran, where a long-time promise from the Ayatollah Khomeiny to recognise the P.L.O. in Iran was realised.
But since 1973, the political and military role of the D.F.L.P. has grown. It was then that they first called for the creation of a Palestinian state, an objective since taken up by most other groups within the movement.