Lebanon celebrated Martyrs' Day on Saturday (May 6) to commemorate the execution of several nationalists in 1916 under the Ottoman regime.
GV & SV PAN Martyrs' Monument and wreaths (3 shots)
SV & CU President Suleiman seated (2 shots)
SV PAN President TO Deputy Rizek speaking (2 shots)
LV Foreign ambassadors seated
CU, SV PAN President to Minister speaking
SCU PAN Ambassadors seated
GV Crowd watch as President gets into car and leaves (4 shots)
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Background: Lebanon celebrated Martyrs' Day on Saturday (May 6) to commemorate the execution of several nationalists in 1916 under the Ottoman regime. In Beirut, a ceremony in Martyrs' Square--where 14 nationalists were hanged for advocating independence and opposing Ottoman rule--was led by lebanese President Suleiman Franjeih. Members of the martyrs' families were among the large crowd that gathered, and the ceremony--during which wreaths were laid at Martyrs' Monument--was also attended by diplomats and government leaders.