In the Martyrs Square in central Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, hundreds of Lebanese and Syrian nationals demonstrated on August 8 denouncing the Syrian regime's violence against Syrian protestors.
Lebanese intellectuals, students, writers, journalists and activists were some of those who participated to demand an end to the brutal crackdown in Syria.
''This is a stand of solidarity with the right of the Syrian people to freely demand their basic rights and dignity and pride and their right not to be killed because of this demand and of course the brutal oppression that is taking place even the Israelis haven't used this against the Palestinians in a long time. It is not acceptable for any Arab government to kill its people in this way.'' Said Antoine Haddad a University professor in Beirut.
Protestors held signs reading “No to silence,” as some chanted anti-Assad slogans.
''This is the least we can do, we should have done more, the entire country should be participating in this demonstration. In the end, Syrians are not just our brothers, we are the same race. '' Said Mr. Ghaleb a Lebanese protestor.
Beirut is the second city to demonstrate against the Syrian regime after Tripoli in northern Lebanon where protests have taken place since the uprising.
According to activists, over 2,000 people have been killed in the Syrian regime crackdown that broke out in March.
Antoine Haddad- Lebanese University Professor
Firas Ghaleb – Lebanese Protestor