The DLM issued a statement in which it called on all the Lebanese to remember Samir Kassir on his first annual memorial. Below is the full text. (Arabic Version)
(Picture -- Left: DLM's member of the Excutive Bureau Elias Khoury sobbs as he hugs a weeping Elias Atallah, MP and DLM's Secretary General. The two had arrived at the site of Kassir's assassination on June 2, 2005).
On the first annual memorial of the assassination of comrade Samir Kassir, the Democratic Left Movement (DLM) calls on all the Lebanese to honor this event.
The DLM salute the intellectual, journalist and leftist activist who fought with his pen and made out of his blood a symbol for the Lebanese Independence Intifada. Samir Kassir, a founding member of the DLM and member of its first Executive Bureau, the brilliant journalist with Annahar daily newspaper, Beirut's historian who called for resisting Arab distress with freedom, modernity and activism and the author of The Dream of Change, fell down on June 2, 2005 in a deceptive act of bombing of his car as he boarded it. Through this murder, the Lebanese-Syrian security system tried to kill the Lebanese independence by killing one of its pillars.
On his first memorial, Samir Kassir stands big as he mocks his killers, announces that words are stronger than swords, and calls on his comrades in the Independence Intifada for an uprising within the uprising on way of building a democratic Arab home.
Our beloved comrade represented through his activism and writings what is most noble in the Arab renaissance movement as he reconciled intellect with politics. To him, intellect was a vision for the future and the intellectual was due to resist the oppressive regimes.
To him, intellectuals should listen only to the voice of their conscience.
To him, the politician should be freed form tribal and sectarian loyalties
Through his martyrdom, comrade Samir Kassir has joined a host of freedom martyrs who have defined the meaning of Lebanon and Arabism. Kassir has accordingly inscribed his name next to that of Farajallah Helou, Hussein Mroue and Mahdi Amel and has become a torch that has lit Lebanon along with the other comrade martyrs of the Independence Intifada: Rafik Hariri, Bassel Fuleihan, George Hawi and Gebran Tueni.
The Democratic Left Movement has been hit hard with the assassination of the activist and the noble intellectual Samir Kassir, one of its most prominent leaders. The DLM calls on all the Lebanese to commemorate Samir Kassir's first annual memorial by participating in the rally that will be held on Friday, June 2, at 10:45 am in front of Samir Kassir's Olive Tree in Ashrafieh. It also calls on the Lebanese to join in the evening event at 7:00 pm on the same day at the Samir Kassir Garden next to the Annahar Building.
On his first memorial, the DLM pledges to follow in his path toward freedom because a new dawn will rise no matter how much the darkness tries to kill the light.