In Lebanon, supporters of the left-wing movement gathered at Aley, near Beirut, on Sunday (16 March 1980) to mark the third anniversary of he assassination of Progressive Socialist Party leader Kamal Jumblatt.
TV ZOOM Walid Jumblatt arrives surrounded by guards and welcomed by officials
GTV Large crowd outside building
SV Crowd applaud
CU Jumblatt speaking in Arabic while minsters listen (3 shots)
SV PLO Leader Yasser Arafat arrives surrounded by guards, embraces jumblatt
SV Drum band playing
GV Girl pioneers marching in parade
SV Jumblatt and Arafat standing with ministers watching parade
GV Troops marching past in parade (2 shots)
SV PAN Crowd applauding
SV PAN FROM Flags TO Armed troops marching through street
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Background: In Lebanon, supporters of the left-wing movement gathered at Aley, near Beirut, on Sunday (16 March 1980) to mark the third anniversary of he assassination of Progressive Socialist Party leader Kamal Jumblatt. His supporters allege that right-wing forces were responsible for his death.
SYNOPSIS: Among those at the ceremony was Walid Jumblatt, the son of the late leader, who directed the Moslem forces in the Lebanese civil war with Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat. Jumblatt had led his own army of socialist and semi Marxist guerrillas. When Jumblatt was killed, Palestinian leaders cursed his murderers and lamented with tears and calls for revenge. Yasser Arafat was among the members of the Palestine national Council meeting in Cairo on March the 16th three years ago, when the news of Jumblatt's death reached the assembly, which burst into uproar.
Yasser Arafat attended the Commemorative rally. At his death, observers said the Christian armies had loathed Kamal Jumblatt for his alliance with the Palestinians, and it was likely that a right-wing squad had engineered his death--but this had never been proved.
Jumblatt was a member of the secretive Druze moslem sect and a member of one of Lebanon's oldest families.
The slain leader's son and his colleague had memories rekindled watching the military parade. Immediately after Kamal Jumblatt's death. The Time of London said he might already have lost his usefulness to the Palestinians following the defeat of the Lebanese leftist in the civil war. The anniversary was a reminder of violence that still haunts Lebanon. In the past two months, assassins have attacked two right-wing leaders. Only four days before this ceremony, former Lebanese president Camille Chamoun survived when a bomb exploded beside his car near Beirut, but one of his bodyguards was killed.