March 14: Lebanese Fed up with Hizbullah Threats, Militia-Style Practices

The majority March 14 coalition stressed on Wednesday that the Lebanese were fed up with "daily Hizbullah threats and militia-style practices."

It said after the weekly meeting of its general-secretariat that the practices "will not intimidate the Lebanese or dissuade them from committing to the accomplishments of the independence intifada and its gains."

March 14 General Secretariat called for joining ranks, adding that Hizbullah "should know that the Lebanese are attached to civil peace and they do not fear intimidation and threats."

Addressing the Syrian arrest warrants against a number of Lebanese figures, it said that they are a "Syrian call to eliminate the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and they are a blatant defiance of Lebanese demands for justice and stability."

"It is as if the Syrian leadership wants to restore ties between the two countries to the phase of extreme tensions, throwing out the window all efforts undertaken by the Lebanese state, and especially the prime minister, to normalize ties in a way that would benefit the Lebanese and Syrian people," the statement continued.

The arrest warrants "which should not be taken innocently as some have called for" will push the other team towards increasing its defiance, it added.

The March 14 forces lauded Prime Minister Saad Hariri and President Michel Suleiman for their positions towards the warrants and urged the Lebanese to exercise diligence to avoid falling victim to regional interests.

In addition, the general-secretariat condemned the Free Patriotic Movement's "provocation" against the Lebanese Forces.