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Vigil in Sassine square Beirut

Protesters set up tents in Martyr's square in Downtown Beirut on Saturday night (October 20) calling on Prime Minister Najib Mikati to resign. Mikati said on Saturday he suspected the assassination of Wissam al-Hassan was linked to his role in uncovering Syrian involvement in an earlier bomb plot. As fear and anger gripped Lebanon over Friday's car bomb attack, Mikati also said the president had asked him to stay in his post despite his offer to resign and make way for a national unity government. But protesters, who are supporters of the anti-Syria March 14 bloc, set up tents outside Mikati's residence in central Beirut saying they will not end their sit-in until he resigns. In Sassine, people gathered to light candles in commemoration of those who were killed in the bomb blast. Lebanese politicians have accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of being behind Friday's attack which killed Brigadier-General Wissam al-Hassan, deepening fears that Syria's sectarian-tinged civil war is spreading to its neighbour.

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