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In pictures: Gemayel funeral

Crowds of mourners gather in Martyrs' Square, Beirut, for the funeral of Pierre Gemayel

Up to half a million Lebanese people attended the funeral of murdered anti-Syrian politician Pierre Gemayel in Beirut.

Pierre Gemayel's coffin is carried into St George Cathedral in Beirut

Crowds carrying flags and posters converged near the site of the service at the St George Cathedral.

Funeral service held inside St George Cathedral, Beirut

The service was attended by many dignitaries, including French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy (pictured centre, seated).

Former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel, father of Pierre (C), Saad Hariri (R) and Samir Geagea (L)

His father, former President Amin Gemayel, addressed the crowd afterwards saying: "The second independence uprising was launched today for change and it will not stop."

Posters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are set alight in Martyrs' Square, Beirut

Many Lebanese accuse Syria of involvement in Mr Gemayel's death, but Damascus rejects the claims.

Lebanese mourners in Beirut sit in front of a poster of Pierre Gemayel

The industry minister and Maronite Christian politician was shot in his car in a Christian area of Beirut on Tuesday.

Lebanese mourners carry the coffin of Pierre Gemayel from his village Bikfaya to Beirut

He is the fifth anti-Syrian Lebanese politician to be killed in two years. His murder has intensified an acute political crisis.






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