Huge convoys of buses, trucks, cars and some people on foot moved on Thursday (21 September) across many parts of Lebanon to the Syrian border.
GV LEBANON: Convoy of buses and cars on open road heading towards township of Chataura.
GV Shi'ite followers on buses chanting and waving placards as vehicles move through chataura. (two shots)
SV PAN FROM spectators at roadside ZOOM INTO car door bearing portrait of Imam Mousa Sadr.
GV Syrian troops in truck escorting convoy towards Syrian border. (two shots)
TV Walking demonstrators with banners along open roadway.
TGV Protesters in cars and buses through streets of Damascus. (three shots)
The Higher Shi'ite Council in Lebanon instructed the convoy demonstrators to stay in touch, after they returned to their own regions, to be told of any further protest measures the council might decide to carry out.
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Background: Huge convoys of buses, trucks, cars and some people on foot moved on Thursday (21 September) across many parts of Lebanon to the Syrian border. their march, called by the Higher Shi'ite Council, was one of many recent protests about the disappearance of Imam Mousa Sadr, the spiritual leader of one million Shi'ite Moslems in Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: This convoy was travelling eastwards across the Jebel Liban mountains from Beirut, through the township of Chataura to the border. A delegation was to travel from there to Damascus to urge the conference of Arab hardline states -- gathered to protests the Camp David agreements -- to give the Iman's disappearance a priority spot on its agenda. He vanished after leaving Beirut on August the 25th on an official visits to the Libyan Jamahiriyah. Demonstrators chanted and waved placards as their convoy passed through Chtaura and on the border.
Libyan authorities say the Imam left their capital, Tripoli, on August the 31st by air for Rome, but there is no evidence that he went there. An exiled Iranian, Imam Mousa is considered a most important follower of Ayatollah Ruhollah, the Shah of Iran's main opponent. A Kuwait newspaper claimed on September the 13th that Imam Mousa had flown from Tripoli to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, then gone by sea to enter Iran illegally.
The convoy drives through the streets of Damascus, the Syrian capital, to deliver its appeal to the Arab summit. Imam Mousa's spiritual role did not, observers say, prevent his taking a political stance against the Shah, the ruler of the world's largest Shi'ite community. In Beirut, left-wing sources have linked his disappearance to the recent unrest in Iran.