Moslem demonstrators in the Lebanese capital of Beirut have taken to the streets to show their support for the Ayatollah Khomeini -- and their opposition to the Egypt-Israeli peace treaty.
Moslem demonstrators in the Lebanese capital of Beirut have taken to the streets to show their support for the Ayatollah Khomeini -- and their opposition to the Egypt-Israeli peace treaty. The marchers also called for a full investigation into the disappearance of the country's Shi'ite leader, the Imam Moussa Sadr.
SYNOPSIS: Political activity by Lebanese Shi'ite Moslems has stepped up since the Ayatollah Khomeini -- also a Shi'ite -- took over in Iran.
The demonstrators carried pictures of the Imam Sadr, whose disappearance last August was blamed on SAVAK, the Shah of Iran's secret police. Nothing has been heard of him since.
The Lebanese Shi'ites see the Ayatollah's government in Iran as a potentially powerful ally both against their Christian opponents in Beirut, and the Israelis. Rightist Christian militia's have been supporting the Israelis in southern Lebanon.
The marchers also denounced the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel as a conspiracy against the Palestinians. Since the signing of the treaty, Palestinian commandos have threatened attacks on American property because of the role played by the United States in bringing Israel and Egypt together. Following the warning, the American embassy in Beirut was damaged in a rocket attack on April the second. Two armour-piercing rockets damaged the first and fifth floors of the building, but no one was injured.