The streets of West Beirut were almost deserted on Wednesday (13 June) as residents went on strike to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Tony Franjieh -- the son of former President Suleiman Franjieh.
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Background: The streets of West Beirut were almost deserted on Wednesday (13 June) as residents went on strike to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Tony Franjieh -- the son of former President Suleiman Franjieh. Tony Franjieh and thirty-two others were killed a year ago when Falangists mounted an attack at the Ihden mountain resort.
SYNOPSIS: Traffic on the recently re-opened Fuad Chehab bypass between West and East Beirut was light, and most of the area's shops remained closed as a mark of respect.
Tony Franjieh was himself a politician and enjoyed considerable popularity across a broad political spectrum. His brother believed he was killed because his family had quit an alliance of mainly Christian Rightist parties in order to improve relations with Lebanese Moslem groups. His father remains a respected political figure in the country. There were hundreds of mourners at the funeral procession which followed the massacre.
Tony Franjieh's death was one of the first examples of fighting between rival rightist groups. Beirut is relatively quiet at the moment, but a year after his death the problems which Tony Franjieh??? faced still remain.