A left-wing rally was held in Beirut on Sunday (28 September) to commemorate the death ten years ago of Egyptian President, Gamal Abdel Nasser.
GV Militia jeep through streets of Beirut, Lebanon
GV Jeep convoy driving through streets manned by armed militias (2 shots)
GV Spectators looking on from balcony and militias manning anti-aircraft gun (2 shots)
SV Palestinian Fatah leader, Abu Iyad, addressing rally in Arabic
GV and SV Abu Iyad surrounded by crowds and people holding placards with pictures of late Egyptian leader Abdel Gamal Nasser' (2 shots)
GV Abu Iyad with Palestinians standing in front of Nasser monument
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Background: A left-wing rally was held in Beirut on Sunday (28 September) to commemorate the death ten years ago of Egyptian President, Gamal Abdel Nasser. The mass meeting in the Lebanese capital was attended by Palestinian and Lebanese left-wing leaders including Abu Iyad, a leader of the Fatah guerrilla organisation.
SYNOPSIS: The rally was organised by Lebanon's Arab Socialist Union Nasserite Organisation. President Nasser was one of this century's most influential Arab leaders. In 1956, under Nasser, Egypt became an Islamic Arab welfare state with a one-party political system. In 1956 and in 1967 he fought and lost the war with Israel.
Abu Iyad praised the late Egyptian President, but accused President Sadat of treachery against the Arab cause.
The Fatah leader also strongly denounced the Iraqi invasion of Iran which, he said, was aimed at the downfall of the Islamic regime and would also harm the Fatah Palestinian commando group.
In Cairo, the tenth anniversary of President Nasser's death passed quietly. A speech on television by Vice President Hosni Mubarak said President Sadat had pursued Nasser's revolutionary aims by liberating the sacred soil of Egypt. The Egyptian government prevented left-wing parties from holding a political meeting that day.