Hizballah Leader Calls for Massive Street Protests
(CNSNews.com) – Hiballah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday called for street protests aimed at toppling Lebanon’s “illegitimate and unconstitutional” government, which is controlled by Washington, the New York Times reported. The report also quoted Nasrallah as saying that he is not doing the bidding of Iran or Syria, but he did accuse the Lebanese government of being a U.S. puppet. In a pre-recorded speech broadcast on Hizballah’s Al-Manar television station on Sunday, Nasrallah told his followers to prepare for massive anti-government protests, but he said those protests should be peaceful. “We do not want riots… We respect private and public properties. We will not allow any clash,” he said. Nasrallah’s speech comes at a time when Washington, which backs the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, has warned that Hizballah, backed by Iran and Syria, wants to bring down the Lebanese government. Nasrallah said no one was “making a coup or popular revolution.” He said Hizballah wants to “liberate” Lebanon from the “hegemony” of the U.S. government, and he called Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a “bloodsucker.” Middle East expert Dr. Walid Phares told CNSNews.com last week that Hizballah was making preparations to topple the Lebanese government. Iran, Hizballah’s backer, wants to be in control of the country before Iran announces that it has completed its nuclear fuel cycle, Phares said.