In Lebanon, thousands of Moslems staged a one-day strike in Beirut oh Friday (15 September) to protest against the disappearance of their spiritual leader who has been missing for more than two weeks.
In Lebanon, thousands of Moslems staged a one-day strike in Beirut oh Friday (15 September) to protest against the disappearance of their spiritual leader who has been missing for more than two weeks. The same day, protestors held a rally at the caty's Zahra Institute.
SYNOPSIS: The institute is the Shi'ite Higher Education Centre for religious leaders. Protesters carried posters of Imam Mousa Sadr, leader of almost one million Shi'ite Moslems in the country. Posters were also pasted up in many parts of beirut.
Imam Mousa Sadr left Beirut on August the 25th on an official visit to the Libyan Jamahiriyah, and has not been seem since. Libyan authorities say the Imam left their capital, Tripoli, six days later on a flight to Rome. But airline official cannot confirm that he arrived there.
In the mainly Moslem west side of Beirut shops, offices and schools were closed. Demonstrators set fire to motor tyres, a traditional sign of protest in the Arab world.
While many stores were shuttered, many basic traders -- such as bakers, grocers and petrol station operators -- continued to work. Various militia forces patrolled to remind shopkeepers of their obligation to stay closed, Syrian peacekeeping troops cruised the main streets on the alert for trouble, but there were no reports of violence. Two days earlier, Christians held a one-day strike protesting against Syrian artillery bombardment in Beirut and northern Lebanon.