Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Sunday addressed the rally marking the 6th anniversary of the Cedar Revolution by announcing the beginning of the Cedar Revolution II : “Today marks the is the start of the second Cedar Revolution.” He said
“Do not rest until the statelet is extinct and the state is established,” he said, in reference to Hezbollah’s state within a state and its non-state weapons.
He stressed that “we only want the Lebanese state to govern,” and accused Iran of exporting its Islamic Revolution to Lebanon through Hezbollah.
“We did not delegate anyone to defend us,” he said, adding, “We do not accept the replacement of the Lebanese army.” This was a direct response to MP Michel Aoun’s statement on Saturday in which he addressed March 14 ‘s campaign against the non-state ( illegal ) arms and the Sunday rally :” It is better if they go to sleep and not bother themselves about the arms because no one can in the world help them disarm the resistance , not the UN , nor the United States nor Israel and if the arms have been used internally it is because they ( March 14 ) deserve it .”
Geagea also voiced support for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), saying it “has suffered violent and ugly attacks even before it began to show results, in a desperate attempt to stop its work.”
“We will not accept the overthrow of justice.” He stressed
The rally this year comes after Hezbollah’s military might was blamed for the collapse of the government . The Iranian and Syrian -backed Hezbollah brought down Hariri’s government on January 12 over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (STL) imminent indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005
Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati was appointed in January with the backing of the Hezbollah March 8 alliance and MPs Walid Jumblatt and Mohammad Safadi following the collapse of Hariri’s unity government. March 14 leaders have repeatedly said that intimidation from Hezbollah’s weapons helped secure the parliamentary majority for Mikati’s nomination.
Jumblatt and his PSP parliament members reportedly switched allegiance to Hezbollah’s PM candidate, following threats by Hezbollah.
Jumblatt, Mikati and Safadi were all elected on March 14 electoral tickets during the 2009 parliamentary elections.
March 14 parties have announced that they will not take part in the cabinet Mikati is currently forming, and Hariri vowed last week to fight the use of non-state weapons “peacefully and democratically.”