Great News. Don't forget to blame George Bush for this.
With shouts of "Syria out!," more than 25,000 flag-waving protesters massed outside Parliament on Monday in a dramatic display of defiance that swept out Lebanon's pro-Syrian government two weeks after the assassination of a former prime minister.
Cheering broke out among the demonstrators in Martyrs' Square when they heard Prime Minister Omar Karami's announcement on loudspeakers that the government was stepping down. Throughout the day, protesters handed out red roses to soldiers and police.
I don't know any more yet; will update as it comes in.
Syria has come under intense diplomatic fire from Washington since [former Prime Minister] Hariri's killing in a huge bomb blast in Beirut. Many Lebanese blame Syria, which denies responsibility.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State David Satterfield, visiting Lebanon, said Washington wanted "concrete steps" from Syria on insurgent infiltrations in Iraq, the presence of Palestinian militants in Damascus and of Syrian troops in Lebanon.
"Syria should share with the rest of the Middle East, with the rest of the international community, the hope that we have for a stable, prosperous, free Iraq," he said.
In a move viewed by some as an attempt to placate Washington, Syria played a role in the capture of Saddam Hussein's half-brother, Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hasan al-Tikriti, accused of directing the Iraqi insurgency from Syria.
Update: Reuters has a good timeline of recent events leading up to this.
Many [protesters] spent Sunday night at the square despite the ban on demonstrations coming into force. Shops, banks, schools and businesses, meanwhile, were closed in Beirut and other main cities following a call for a general strike.
“Through your resistance you are writing a new page in history, one of regained independence,” Druze opposition leader Walid Jumblatt said.
“Together we want a sovereign and independent Lebanon, the departure of Syrian secret services and above all the truth: who killed Rafiq Hariri,” he said.
“We want to be friends with the Syrian people but we want the Syrian army to go,” he said. Some of the MPs in parliament wore scarves in the red-and-white of the “peaceful resistance”.
White House: Lebanon Events 'An Opportunity'
"We believe the process of a new government should proceed in accordance with the Lebanese constitution and should be free of all foreign interference," [White House spokesman Scott] McClellan said.
Syria should comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions, McClellan said.
"That means Syrian military forces and intelligence personnel need to leave the country. That will help ensure the elections are free and fair," he said.