In Lebanon, thousands of Moslems staged a one-day strike in Beirut oh Friday (15 September) to protest against the disappearance of their spiritual leader who has been missing for more than two weeks.
GV CU Demonstrators chanting and holding up posters of Lebanese Shi'ite community leader Imam Mousa Sadr. (2 shots.)
CU Poster of the Imam on traffic sign PAN TO street showing stores closed by strike.
GV Sign New Capucine Bakery PAN DOWN TO people emerging with bread (2 shots.)
SV ZOOM IN Fruit stall and vendor still working.
CU ZOOM OUT Newspaper stand.
GV Deserted street, closed stores (2 shots).
SV PAN Estate car with two standing soldiers at rear.
GV Tyre burning on roadway.
CU Tailor's sign PAN DOWN TO people sitting on chairs before shuttered shops. (2 shots).
SV Syrian troops clearing remains of barrier, and patrolling in truck. (2 shots).
Reuters reported from Beirut on Friday (15 September) that Interpol had been alerted about the Imam's disappearance. The Lebanese government, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the Higher Shi'ite Council have sent investigators to Tripoli, Rome and Paris, where his family lives. The government met in special session on thursday (14 September) to talk mainly about the disappearance. Higher Shi'ite Council sources were quoted as saying they believed the Imam was in Tripoli on 3rd September -- seven days after he left Beirut -- and that he was still in the Libyan Jamahiriyah. The council dismissed as 'nonsense' many rumours that Iranian agents had kidnapped him. The main Moslem observance in Iran is Shi'ite.
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Background: In Lebanon, thousands of Moslems staged a one-day strike in Beirut oh Friday (15 September) to protest against the disappearance of their spiritual leader who has been missing for more than two weeks. The same day, protestors held a rally at the caty's Zahra Institute.
SYNOPSIS: The institute is the Shi'ite Higher Education Centre for religious leaders. Protesters carried posters of Imam Mousa Sadr, leader of almost one million Shi'ite Moslems in the country. Posters were also pasted up in many parts of beirut.
Imam Mousa Sadr left Beirut on August the 25th on an official visit to the Libyan Jamahiriyah, and has not been seem since. Libyan authorities say the Imam left their capital, Tripoli, six days later on a flight to Rome. But airline official cannot confirm that he arrived there.
In the mainly Moslem west side of Beirut shops, offices and schools were closed. Demonstrators set fire to motor tyres, a traditional sign of protest in the Arab world.
While many stores were shuttered, many basic traders -- such as bakers, grocers and petrol station operators -- continued to work. Various militia forces patrolled to remind shopkeepers of their obligation to stay closed, Syrian peacekeeping troops cruised the main streets on the alert for trouble, but there were no reports of violence. Two days earlier, Christians held a one-day strike protesting against Syrian artillery bombardment in Beirut and northern Lebanon.