INTRODUCTION: Lebanese Christian supporters demonstrated in Paris on Wednesday (8 April) against the latest outbreak of violence in Lebanon.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Lebanese Christian supporters demonstrated in Paris on Wednesday (8 April) against the latest outbreak of violence in Lebanon. They were protesting against what they referred to as a Syrian army offensive against the Lebanese people.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators gathered in front of Les Invalides, one of Paris' most well-known landmarks, and set off for the Syrian embassy. Both Lebanese and French nationals were taking part in the protest.
The demonstration was prompted by the renewed fighting between Syrian forces and Christian Falangist militias. The heaviest fighting for three years broke out last week in Beirut and the eastern Lebanese town of Zahle.
The marchers were demanding the withdrawal of the Arab Deterrent Force, which was formed in 1976 by the Arab League to keep peace in the country after the civil war. The demonstrators claimed the force was being used by the Syrian government as an army of occupation in Lebanon.
They also called for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council and for a cease-fire.