A general strike paralysed government and business activities in most parts of Lebanon on Monday (1 September).
GV Mosque in Beirut calling Moslems to prayer.
GV PAN Closed shops in shopping area (3 shots)
CU Poster and portraits of missing Imam Musa Sadr
CU ZOOM OUT AND PAN Building covered with portraits of Musa Sadr, with cars driving past
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Background: A general strike paralysed government and business activities in most parts of Lebanon on Monday (1 September). The strike marked the second anniversary of the disappearance of a Shi'ite leader Imam Musa al-Sadr.
SYNOPSIS: The strike was called by other leaders of the nearly million-strong Shi'ite community to protest their spiritual leader's absence. It believes he is being held, along with two companions, in Libya. The three men disappeared after attending celebrations on the ninth anniversary of Libya's revolution.
But the Libyan government says the Imam and his companions left by air for Rome. In Beirut, the strike was successful in the mainly Moslem west section of the city. Shops were closed and business was brought to a standstill.
Traffic was stopped when tyres were set on fire. Two people were reported killed and seven injured in a gunfight in Sidon, 30 miles south of Beirut.
Shi'ite political and religious leaders have urged Lebanese and Arab governments to act to secure the release of the missing Imam. And one religious chief has called on Arab states to expel Libya from the Arab league until he is freed.