Bechir Gemayel -- self-styled "head of the unified military command of the Lebanese forces"-- told a rally in Beirut on Sunday (12 December) that Falangists would not surrender their arms until certain conditions had been met.
GV: square of Khataeb Martyrs.
TV: people massing in square.
SV: Phalangists standing in ranks.
SV: Pierre Gemayel arriving.
CU: soldiers with sub-machine guns.
SV: people massed around rostrum.
GV: "Liban" banner.
SV: Bechir Gemayel speaking to crowd. (4 shots)
TV: crowd applauding speech.
SV: Phalangists saluting.
SV: Phalangists at attention as national hymn is played by military band. (5 shots)
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Background: Bechir Gemayel -- self-styled "head of the unified military command of the Lebanese forces"-- told a rally in Beirut on Sunday (12 December) that Falangists would not surrender their arms until certain conditions had been met.
SYNOPSIS: 10,000 people attended the rally in Beirut's Square of the Martyrs. Officially it was an admission ceremony for 3,000 new Falangists members.
Bechir Gemayel's father, Pierre, attended the rally, but did not address it.
Falangists described the rally as a "flexing of our muscles". A show of strength to point out that while the rightists are adhering to the ceasefire, they are ready to fight if their major demands are ignored.
Bechir Gemayel delivered a forceful speech, before his new recruits took their oath of allegiance. He said his forces would not surrender their arms unless foreign forces were withdrawn and proposals for a partition of the Lebanon were rejected. He denounced the present climate in the country as having "plunged us into a state which is neither war nor peace.
M. Gemayel said his group's objectives had been "left at the door of the conference rooms." He said the Lebanon had become a victim of international agreements -- that the county was in the hands of international manoeuvring, Palestinian disorder and Arab ambitions.
As the recruits took their oath, M. Gemayel pledged to do everything in his power to see that they were not "cheated" as he has been cheated. He said he and other Falangists were cheated before the war as citizens and after the war as fighters.