By Mohammed Zaatari
Daily Star staff
SIDON: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's surprise visit to Lebanon angered a faction of the Lebanese, who condemned it as "U.S. interference in Lebanon's affairs." Watching Rice's moves in Lebanon, the "Anti-U.S. Tutelage Campaign," launched by university students, organized a protest at the Faculty of Arts, fifth branch, Lebanese University.
Hundreds of students shouted anti-American slogans.
"All our troubles are from the U.S.A.," they said, as they carried banners slamming "U.S. intervention."
Ali Salloum spoke on behalf of the faculty professors, slamming the U.S. and Rice's visit.
"The U.S. interventions are countless and this is not the first time that Rice comes here," Salloum said.
Rice had come to Lebanon for the first time last summer, also for a one-day visit.
Salloum added: "U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman is making visits to several politicians in Lebanon every day and is interfering in every single detail."
According to Salloum, Feltman "is plotting for conspiracies and it is a big shame that some of the parties are listening to him."
Students shouted: "Lebanon is a free land, Rice get out!"
Ahmad al-Bani who spoke on behalf of the youth campaign said: "Rice's secret visits to Lebanon imply that she has come to impose more oppression, terrorism, tutelage, hegemony and interference."
"We tell Rice to get out of Lebanon. We have had enough of strife and terrorism. America! Get out of here!" Bani said.
Protesters burned U.S. flags and pictures of Rice and U.S. President George W. Bush.