"There can be no stability and no freedom while the symbol of subservience to the Syrian regime remains in Baabda (Lebanon's presidential palace). We say to him (Lebanese President Emile Lahoud) : the terrorist Bashar installed you and the valiant Lebanese people will remove you."
8. Pan of crowd
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ghazi Aridi, Information minister:
"It (There) will be the international tribunal and the truth will be very clear for all the Lebanese people and the international community."
Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese paid tribute to Rafik Hariri on the first anniversary of their former premier's assassination on Tuesday.
Waving flags and shouting anti-Syrian slogans they put on a show of strength aimed at reviving the "people power" spirit that helped break Damascus' domination of its politics and pressed Syria to withdraw its troops.
Groups opposed to any Syrian influence in their country - buoyed by a turnout that police put at about 800,000 and organisers said was more than a (m) million - stepped up demands for the resignation of Lebanon's pro-Syrian president, Emile Lahoud.
But it remained unclear if they will be able to consolidate control of the government.
So far, the bloc led by those affiliated to the slain former premier's son, Saad - politicians who are a majority in government and Parliament - have been unable to force out President Emile Lahoud or catch those responsible for Hariri's killing or a series of bombings that have killed 11 people, including three prominent anti-Syrian figures.
But the demonstration certainly boosted the sagging morale of these groups, buffeted by the killings and bombings.
The crowds fell into silence at 12:55 p.m. (1055GMT) - the time when a huge truck bomb exploded on a downtown street as Hariri's motorcade drove by a year ago, killing him and 20 others.
Saad Hariri returned to Beirut on Sunday - after months of self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia and France for fear of assassination - to rally the divided former opposition for the demonstration.
He prayed at his father's grave before addressing the crowds. "They (the Syrians) left for us in Baabda, a deposit of the tutelage regime," he told them, referring to the Baabda presidential palace, inhabited by President Lahoud.
"There can be no stability and no freedom while the symbol of subservience to the Syrian regime remains in Baabda," Walid Jumblatt, a major anti-Syrian Druse politician said, echoing Hariri, before adding, "the terrorist Bashar installed you and the valiant Lebanese people will remove you, " a searing denunciation of the the Syrian president, Bashar Assad.
Neither Lahoud nor Syria had any immediate reaction. Syria has denied any role in Hariri's killing or the subsequent bombings but has stalled on cooperation in the UN probe into the former prime minister's death.
Three of the four top Lebanese generals close to Lahoud have been arrested in connection to the slaying.
But Lahoud has remained. The anti-Syrian groups in Parliament are short of the two-thirds needed to force him out.
"The truth will be very clear for all the Lebanese people and the international community," information minister
Ghazi Aridi said of the investigation.
Before its troop pullout, Syria had dominated Lebanon with its army and security services for nearly three decades, first entering in 1976 to quell a fratricidal civil war that did not end until 1990.