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    Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Lebanon's capital, Beirut, on Wednesday (5 March) to show support for the Lebanese army.

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    Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Lebanon's capital, Beirut, on Wednesday (5 March) to show support for the Lebanese army.

    They started from the eastern area of the city, laid wreaths at the tomb of the unknown warrior and set up road blocks.

    They were showing their support for the army in a controversy over the Government's handling of fighting between troops and civilians in the southern port of Sidon last weekend.

    The demonstrators--mostly students--dispersed after a deputation of girl students handed in a petition at the Defence Ministry.

    During the demonstration a Syrian was shot and killed. A government driver was also shot and wounded in the back as he tried to pass a road block in a strike-bound suburb of the city.

    The Sidon fighting followed a demonstration by fishermen and their supporters protesting at a Government move to grant sole fishing rights to a big Lebanese company along the small country's whole coastline. The fishermen set up roadblocks and, when the army tried to remove them, 22 hours of fierce fighting broke out during which both sides used heavy weapons.

    The Lebanese political scene is always volatile and the fate of the four-month-old Government is now in doubt. A split threatens the 18-man Cabinet of Premier Rashid al-Solh with a call for Army Commander General Iskandar Ghanem to resign. But Defence Minister Joseph Skaf has threatened to quit himself if General Ghanem is removed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAETINAXABJ6T3GTE1PWZOZ6NUE
    Media URN:
    VLVAETINAXABJ6T3GTE1PWZOZ6NUE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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