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In pictures: Beirut protest

Pro-opposition protesters in Beirut

Lebanese pro-opposition demonstrators cheered when Prime Minister Omar Karami announced he and his government were resigning.

Opposition demonstrators in Beirut

They had descended on downtown Beirut on Monday in their thousands to protest against the government.

Lebanese opposition supporters sleep ahead of an anti-Syria rally

Many had spent the night on Martyrs' Square, before a government ban on rallies came into force at dawn.

Lebanese opposition supporters joining the protest

Many others found ways of joining the demonstration.

Beirut protestor waving a Lebanese flag

The government is accused of allowing its backer, Syria, to undermine Lebanese sovereignty.

Lebanese opposition supporter

The protesters blame both the Beirut government and Syria for the killing of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.

Commando troops

Lebanese commando forces were deployed as demonstrators demanded the withdrawal of Syrian troops.

Protesters scuffle with police in Beirut

There were minor scuffles but the police did not attempt to break up the protest, despite the ban.

Pro-opposition protester distributes roses to Lebanese security forces

The atmosphere between protesters and troops was said to be good-natured.

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