Groups of demonstrators armed with pistols and submachine guns brought Beirut to a near standstill on Tuesday (29 Sept), the first day of mourning for President Nasser.
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SV Demonstrators carrying Nasser portrait with leaves
LV Demonstrators march away
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LV Demonstrators past, PAN another group of women demonstrators
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Background: Groups of demonstrators armed with pistols and submachine guns brought Beirut to a near standstill on Tuesday (29 Sept), the first day of mourning for President Nasser.
Gun-toting youths have killed at least three people and wounded many more in bursts of wild shooting to show their grief at the death of the Arab leader.
The youths roamed the streets carrying portraits of President Nasser and occasional convoys of a dozen cars or more raced past with youths leaning out of windows, chanting and holding the portraits that are all over Beirut.
Shops, restaurants, factories and offices are closed and many public services have come to a standstill.
The youths, who have made it their business to enforce the three-day strike called in mourning for the President, have set up roadblocks throughout the city and threaten those that insist on driving.
At least one driver was hit over the head with a pistol when he refused to obey orders.
Red-bereted riot police and gendarmes armed with rifles are guarding the main hotels, the embassies and western property, but have made no attempt to remove roadblocks. The strike ends on Thursday.