A ceremony was held in Beit Meri, near the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Sunday (30 April) for almost 1,000 young men who has just graduated into the right-wing Guardians of the Cedar militiamen force.
SCU: commander in Chief of Guards of Cedar, Abu Arz, speaking to newsmen.
GV: Militiamen in T-shirts and slacks lined up for ceremony, and saluting. (2 shots)
GV: officials and relatives watching swearing in of volunteers. (2 shots)
SV: Militiamen receiving official papers from Foreign Minister Charles Malek and deputy Amin Gamayel and Abu Arz.
SV: Militiamen with rifles look on as new recruits salute. (3 shots)
CU: Abu Arz speaking to newsmen.
ABU ARZ: "I am the Commander-in-Chief of the Guardians of the Cedar, and, today, we had the ceremony....."
"...we had one thousand new members who joined our party. And I think the war in Lebanon is not finished yet. Like I said always, the war in Lebanon will not stop until the Palestinians will be out of Lebanon. You know that now we have one half million Palestinian in Lebanon; five hundred thousand Palestinian in Lebanon. And we are three million Lebanese. That's why if the Palestinians will not go out of Lebanon, the war still remain in Lebanon. That's why we are defending ourselves; to defend our country, to defend our families and our children. You must know that we Lebanese, we don't like war. The others, the Palestinians, the communists, and the Arabs, they wanted to occupy our country. That's why we are defending ourselves, we are defending our country; we don't want a war, but, unfortunately, they want to destroy us, and we are going to defend ourselves.
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Background: A ceremony was held in Beit Meri, near the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Sunday (30 April) for almost 1,000 young men who has just graduated into the right-wing Guardians of the Cedar militiamen force. A leading figure in the right-wing Falangist Party, Monsieur Amin Gamayel, told the crowd the Lebanese people had to rely on militiamen rather than formal institutions. The militiamen's Commander-in-Chief, Monsieur Abu Arz, repeated at a news conference his view that there should be no Palestinians allowed to remain in Lebanon.