Prime Minister Fuad Saniora on Monday urged the Lebanese to ignore a Hizbullah call for a general strike to topple his government. The mass walkout was expected to increase tensions on the street between the opposition and pro-government groups seeking to thwart the action.
"We call on all the Lebanese to ignore the scare mongering campaign," he told a news conference Monday, referring to the warning from the Hizbullah-led opposition that they will attempt to enforce the strike on Tuesday. He called on the people to have faith in the security forces, saying they will ensure security and freedoms.
Saniora also extended a hand to the opposition, repeating an offer to meet some of their demands to expand the Cabinet to include its representatives, but falling short of the opposition demand for veto power over decisions.