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FPM Supporters Stage Motorized Protests, Hold Central Rally at Martyrs Square
Free Patriotic Movement supporters staged motorized protests on Wednesday and organized a central rally at Beirut's Martyrs Square, following a call by MP Michel Aoun to demonstrate against the extension of the mandate of top military officers in an attempt to put pressure on the government of Prime Minister Tammam Salam.
“More than 200 cars from the FPM's youth department took off in a convoy from the Mirna Chalouhi highway (in Sin el-Fil) towards Martyrs Square in central Beirut,” state-run National News Agency reported Wednesday evening. An FPM official on the ground stressed that “the protests will be peaceful.” “No roads will be blocked,” the official told the reporter of a TV network. Other starting points for the motorized protests included Nahr el-Mot, Jounieh, Baabda, Batroun, Ashrafieh's Sassine Square, Nahr Ibrahim and Koura. The protesters had started gathering at 4:00 pm. They toured several areas by car ahead of arriving at Martyrs Square.