After holding a massive rally in central Beirut on December 1, which drew an estimated 800,000+ people, Hizbu'llah, AMAL, and the Maronite Christian supporters of Michel Aoun (collectively the National Opposition) held another rally [BELOW] of equal size on December 11. Promising to continue protests and sit-ins until the government of Sunni Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and his Druze, Sunni, and Christian allies resigns, the National Opposition has resisted calls for it to give up its protests and return to the negotiating table. Protestors say that without significant concessions on the part of Siniora and his chief allies, the socialist Druze "hobbit" Walid Jumblatt and Sunni Saad al-Hariri, son of assassinated former prime minister and architect of Lebanon's sectarianism Rafiq al-Hariri. To date, the pro-government camp, which claims to represent the "majority" of Lebanese, has only been able to hold a few rallies in the predominantly Christian and Sunni north and on a far smaller scale than those of the National Opposition [RIGHT].
Mousa [LEFT] has arrived back in Beirut to continue talks despite calls by the National Opposition yesterday to hold new parliamentary elections under a new Lebanese electoral law. Under Lebanon's current constitution, parliamentary seats are divided evenly between Christians and Muslims (Druze, althoughout not Muslim anymore, are considered Muslim for this purpose) and there are strict rules governing who can be president (Christian), prime minister (Sunni), and speaker of parliament (Shi'i).