1. Wide shot of tents and protesters outside prime minister's (Fuad Saniora) office building
2. Mid shot of prime minister's office
3. Various of protesters in tents
4. Men playing dice
5. Wide shot of tents with the Mohammed al Amine mosque in background
6. Various of protesters and tents
7. Wide shot of courtyard inside prime minister's office
8. Fountain in courtyard
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ghazi Aridi, Lebanese Minister of Information:
"There is a real crisis in the country that should be resolved. It should be solved through political dialogue about all topics, leaving aside the issue of the international tribunal because there has been a consensus about this tribunal, and consequently we should be all working for the establishment of this tribunal. We should then return to discussing all political issues and reach an agreement. We must reach an agreement, a compromise whereby every party in Lebanon should make the necessary concessions in the interests of the country."
The Lebanese Minister of Information said on Saturday there was a real crisis in the country that should be resolved through political dialogue, at the same time the government should be working towards the establishment of an international tribunal to try the alleged killers of former prime minister Rafik Hariri.
"We should then return to discussing all political issues and reach an agreement. We must reach an agreement, a compromise whereby every party in Lebanon should make the necessary concessions in the interests of the country," Ghazi Aridi added.
Lebanon's Cabinet headed by anti-Syrian Prime Minister Fuad Saniora sent the president a draft accord on Monday to establish a tribunal to try the alleged killers of Rafik Hariri.
But President Emile Lahoud, a pro-Syrian, is expected to decline to endorse the agreement, which would set up a UN backed court that would sit outside Lebanon.
The tribunal has become a weapon in the battle between Lebanon's Hezbollah-aligned factions, supported by Syria and Lebanon, and anti-Syrian parties over demands by Hezbollah and its allies for a third of the Cabinet's seats.
That would give them veto powers.
Aridi's comments came as thousands of Hezbollah supporters were camping out in tents as the Shiite Muslim guerrilla group and its allies kept up the pressure on the US-backed government to resign.
Hezbollah officials said their campaign, which has disrupted life in the capital's commercial district, will not stop until their demand for a national unity government is fulfilled.
But the government showed no sign of backing down in a confrontation that has the potential to turn violent and tear apart the country.
The street action has been largely peaceful so far.