Explosive situation in Lebanon on third day of Hizballah-government confrontation

Lebanon’s pro-Western Siniora government has declared illegal Hizballah’s private telecommunications network installed in southern and eastern Lebanon and the southern Shiite suburbs of Beirut. debkafile reported some weeks ago that the network is military and was installed by Iran to prepare its Lebanese proxy for war with Israel.
The government, after a marathon session Tuesday, May 6, also approved a wage hike and cancel customs on food staples to break up the opposition-led labor union protests starting Wednesday.
Beirut airport security chief Brig. Gen. Wafiq Shqeir, a suspected pro-Hizballah sympathizer was removed for permitting the installation of spy cameras alleged by the government to “monitor the arrival of Lebanese and foreign leaders, to kidnap or assassinate people on the airport road.”
Trouble is expected Wednesday when the pro-Hizballah protesters start marching along a route which runs their traditional strongholds of the ruling March 14 majority alliance led by Saad Hariri and Walid Jumblatt’s Progressive Socialist Party.
Several unions say they will be boycotting the Hizballah-led protests and demonstrations.
Lebanon’s political crisis has left the country without a president since November 2007since when pro-Syrian factions have frustrated 18 attempts by parliament to elect a head of state.

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