United States Ambassador John Dean has been jostled by angry crowds during his face finding mission to Southern Lebanon.
United States Ambassador John Dean has been jostled by angry crowds during his face finding mission to Southern Lebanon. Mr Dean, who's travelling with ambassadors and diplomats from eighteen other countries was confronted by hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinian refugees as he inspected the war-scorched towns of Sidon and Tyre. One of the worst moments came on Tuesday (4 September) when the tour began.
SYNOPSIS: More than two thousand demonstrators gathered outside the governor's office in Sidon as Mr Dean and the other envoys attended a briefing inside. When Mr Dean emerged and tried to walk to his waiting car he was mobbed by several hundred of the protestors. They jeered and chanted anti U.S. slogans and at one stage the Ambassador was nearly cut off from his security detail. The demonstrators were mainly refugees from the coastal town of Tyre...badly hit during last month's bombardment by Israeli force and Lebanese rightist militiamen. The protestors called for an end to United States aid to Israel and yelled at Dean to 'come and see what American bombs had done."
A short time later the delegation went to Tyre and inspected some of the more recent damage. For Ambassador Dean the reception was much the same hundreds of protestors denouncing the United States.
The official inspection tour was arranged in co-operation with United Nations Forces in the region It was led by Lebanon's delegate to the United Nations and among the other countries represented were China, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
But it was Ambassador Dean who was singled out by the demonstrators - and as he faced more protests in the streets he also heard official calls for more international support to end what was termed the continued aggression against Lebanon.