of Former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri in the Karameh Rally,
Friday 1st of September 2000
dignified sons of Beirut,
families in Achrafieh, Saifi and Tareeq al-Jdeedeh
families in Rmeil, Bashoura, and Moseitbeh
families in Ras Beirut, Ain Mreisseh, Mina al-hosn, Zoqaq
al-Blat, the Port and Mudawwar
Our people in all the districts of Beirut
of the dignity of Beirut,
of the dignity of Lebanon,
and women of national dignity,
be upon you.
blessings and mercy of God be upon you.
day will go down in history as the day of BeirutĻs unity and
day will go down in history as the day of freedom, democracy
you, Beirut will be united for the sake of Lebanon.
you Lebanon will be united in the heart of Beirut.
who have achieved the glory of Beirut, will achieve in two
victory you all want and are longing for will be the fruit of
to which every youth, male or female, every adult, man or
September 3rd, you will say your word. Beirut will say its
declare its decision. It will indeed vote for the dignity of
its sons, the
dignity of its youth, the dignity of its women, the dignity of
its families, its neighborhoods and the dignity of a homeland
whose dignity is above all dignities.
siblings in Beirut,
beloved natives of Beirut,
stand on the verge of a great victory. DonĻt be late one
participating in this victory.
are on the threshold of the much needed change, seize the
opportunity to give to Lebanon the opportunity for change to
which you all aspire.
to the ballot boxes, and do not hesitate to fulfill your
will break against the rock of your unity, and threats will
retreat in the face of your free will.
history of your patriotism is stronger than threats and
dignity is above the barrage of the misleading campaign.
you, the contract of change on which you are pinning your
hopes will be sealed.
you, we shall continue to drive to rebuild Lebanon.
you, we have the honor to defend our liberties and democratic
is on the verge of a new regional phase filled with
whose political and economic repercussions are no less
important than the
circumstances that accompanied the Israeli occupation of our
importance of these challenges requires focusing on a number
priorities that will raise the Lebanese political debate to a
that of hasty expediency.
Lebanon, which is embroiled in confusion stemming from the
current administration of politics, requires a new nation-wide
political movement to restore prestige and national accord.
The movement must be capable of protecting the democratic
system and countering the current attempts to divert it from
the democratic history of Lebanon and its commitment to
the democratic system will top our priorities for the coming
phase. Protecting our political system can only be achieved
healthy democratic parliamentary system and state institutions
be politically monopolized. Only constructive dialogue and
national accord can encourage more good people to participate
in public life.
Commitment to public freedoms is a pillar for the resurrection
Lebanon, its modernization and economic, social and cultural
development and prosperity.
will be impossible for Lebanon to search for a role for itself
orient without freedom. It will be equally impossible for the
achieve true national accord and coexistence in the shadow of
policies devised behind closed doors in closed rooms.
without political, economic and media freedoms, would be a
country without horizon. You would be a people unable to grow,
think or be creative culturally or as a civilization. There
will be no place for Lebanon world map without freedoms.
The socio-economic crisis is the other side of the political
in the country. The real challenge facing Lebanon at present
sub-standard political performance that is weighing heavily on
This also damages LebanonĻs image abroad and on its need to
find a formula capable of facing the internal and external
economic challenges so that the country can catch up
with international developments and then lead the Lebanese
society to social stability.
The slogans of change cannot be realized under the present
The present policies cannot resurrect the country,
irrespective of the
boosters that it might receive. There is no better alternative
for the ballot boxes and for the participation of Lebanese
people across the spectrum in the drive to move from
stagnation to growth.
Brothers and sisters,
are here today to participate in Lebanonís rise from despair
are here today to save Lebanon from the socio-economic abyss.
are here to participate in the opposition to all forms of
our system and public freedoms.
are here to protect the democratic system and raise the
democracy on every forum in our country.
are here to build the future of our children.
are here as Beirutís freemen, Beirutís voice, Beirutís
day after tomorrow, on Sunday, Beirut will triumph. The will
of Beirut will triumph and the dignity of Beirut will triumph.
The sons of Beirut will vote for their dignity, their future
and the promise that will never cease to believe that Beirut
will become again the jewel of the Arab capitals. With BeirutĻs
victory, Lebanon will be victorious.