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Lebanese intellectuals , journalists, activists as well as other people gathered in Beirut’s Martyrs Square on Monday to voice solidarity with the Syrian people’s revolution.

Those attending the gathering called for for freedom in Syria and also called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

The participants held banners reading “No to silence in Lebanon. If the Syrian revolution is a conspiracy, I am with conspiracy. What a shame…Lebanon in the UN Security Council is participating in the killing of innocent people. He who supports the Syrian regime is immoral. No to Shabeeha (thugs) in Lebanon and Syria.”

Lebanese security forces were deployed in the area of the gathering, according to local reports.

Protests against the Syrian regime were also held in Bekaa towns of Taalabaya and Saadnayel on Monday and for the fourth day in a row.

The protesters chanted against Syrian military operations targeting the Syrian people.

Security forces deployed heavily in the area of the protests.

Syria’s government has sought to crush the democracy movement with force, leaving over 2000 people dead according to the Syrian Observatory.

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