| 11.12,11. 10:48 PM |
Hariri on Tueni Assassination Anniversary:
His Strive for Freedom Lives on in Arab Spring
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri noted on Sunday that slain MP Gebran Tueni’s call for freedom still resonates among the Lebanese, stressing that they ignited the first spark in the Arab revolts against oppression.
He said in a statement marking the sixth anniversary of Tueni’s assassination: “The struggle for freedom that he died for is achieving unprecedented victories throughout the Arab world.”
“It is paving the way for new possibilities of political work and we are counting on its success with all those who are eager to ensure the establishment of democracy, especially in Syria,” he added.
“The developments in Syria are paving the way for the end of a long period of corruption and they will hopefully establish a civil system that will meet the expectations of the Syrian people,” he stressed.
A mass commemorating Tueni’s assassination was held earlier on Sunday at St. Georges Cathedral in downtown Beirut, which was attended by his family and a number of politicians.
A vocal critic of Syria, the MP was assassinated on December 12, 2005 a day after he had returned to Lebanon from France where he was staying out fear of being assassinated.
He was killed in a roadside bomb in Mkalles as his motorcade was passing through the area.