Anti-Syria Protests Mark Lebanese Leader's Funeral Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese paid tribute to assassinated Christian politician Pierre Gemayel. The protests turned his funeral in central Beirut Thursday into a display of defiance towards Syria and its Hezbollah allies.
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Anti-Syria Protests Mark Lebanese Leader's Funeral

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Anti-Syria Protests Mark Lebanese Leader's Funeral

Anti-Syria Protests Mark Lebanese Leader's Funeral

Anti-Syria Protests Mark Lebanese Leader's Funeral

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Mourners gather in Beirut to attend the funeral of assassinated Lebanese politician Pierre Gemayel on Nov. 23, 3006. Salah Malkawi/Getty Images hide caption

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Mourners gather in Beirut to attend the funeral of assassinated Lebanese politician Pierre Gemayel on Nov. 23, 3006.

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Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese paid tribute to assassinated Christian politician Pierre Gemayel.

The protests turned his funeral in central Beirut Thursday into a display of defiance toward Syria and its Hezbollah allies and reinvigorated supporters of the U.S.-backed government.

Among them is Gemayel's father and a former president, Amin Gemayel, who told the crowd a second "independence uprising" has been launched and won't be stopped.

But the head of the Maronite Church called for unity to save the country. Lebanon's top Shiite politician, a Hezbollah ally, also attended the funeral in an attempt to show national unity.