1. Wide of pan across thousands gathered for rally in Beirut's Martyrs' square
2. Crowd with billboard of slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in the background
3. Wide of rally
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese legislator, head of National Democratic Gathering bloc:
"We will say it frankly, there will be no settling on the International tribunal or on justice. No settling on the demarcation of the Chebaa farms and no settling on the smuggling routes and crossings or the bases for bombers and criminals outside the (Palestinian) camps."
5. Wide of people in crowd waving Lebanese flags
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Samir Geagea, Head of the Executive Committee of the Lebanese Forces Party:
"We will not abandon our country to anarchy, we will not let our freedom be threatened, we will not allow our system to be shaken, we will not let our country grow weak, we will not leave our destiny to the direction of wind and we will not allow Lebanon to fall ever again."
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Saad Hariri, Head of Parliamentary majority:
"We announce from this moment, that we will deal with the results of the (parliamentary) elections according to the legal framework and that we will comply with the articles of the constitution so as to ensure the preeminence the democratic parliamentary system."
9. Tilt down from Al-Amin mosque to crowd in square
A massive crowd of flag-waving Lebanese filled Beirut's Martyrs' Square on Saturday to remember slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, an occasion his supporters used to rally supporters ahead of crucial parliamentary elections in which they are fighting to stay in power.
Four years after Hariri's death in a truck bombing, no one has been brought to justice, and the country remains deeply divided over whether to follow the pro-majority-government path of Hariri's supporters or the more radical pull of opposition groups with ties to Iran and Syria.
The rally in Martyrs' Square was primarily a display of political power in support of Hariri's allies in the parliament's majority.
Those parties, backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia, will face a tough election battle in June against rivals supported by the Hezbollah movement and its Syrian and Iranian allies.
The election showdown reflects Lebanon's enduring political and sectarian divides, which worsened after Hariri's assassination on February 14, 2005, in an attack that also killed 22 other people.
That division culminated in street clashes between Shiite Hezbollah gunmen and mainly Sunni pro-government groups in May of last year that brought the country to the edge of another civil war.
At Saturday's rally, there was also some hope that Hariri's killers could eventually be brought to trial, as a mixed Lebanese-international tribunal prepares to begin its work in the Netherlands on March 1.
Hariri had close ties with Western leaders and was credited with helping rebuild Lebanon's capital after the 1975-1990 civil war.
Before his death, he had tried to limit neighbouring Syria's influence over Lebanon, and many accused that country's leaders of involvement in his killing.
Syria denies those accusations.
Speakers during Saturday's rally welcomed the Hariri tribunal and stressed the election's importance.
Senior Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said Lebanon would not compromise on a number of issues.
"There will be no settling on the International tribunal or on justice. No settling on the demarcation of the Chebaa farms," he told the crowd.
The Chebaa Farms is a disputed area, taken over by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, and is claimed by both Lebanon and Syria.
Christian leader Samir Geagea, chief of the Executive Committee of the Lebanese Forces Party, endorsed Jumblatt's call saying they would never let Lebanon's "freedom be threatened".
Some of the tens of thousands who converged on the square on Saturday held pictures of Hariri and his son and political heir, Saad.
Speaking at the rally, Saad Hariri stressed the importance of the June 7 election saying it was an "occasion to raise the voice for a free, independent state".
"We will deal with the results of the elections according to the legal framework and that we will comply with the articles of the constitution so as to ensure the pre-eminence the democratic parliamentary system," he added.
The rally was peaceful.
But stone-throwing and the trading of insults erupted between Hariri supporters leaving the rally and Hezbollah backers in several Muslim neighbourhoods of Beirut.
Troops intervened to restore order.
Words of support for efforts to find Hariri's killers came from the new US administration of President Barack Obama.
A White House statement on Thursday said the United States "will continue to support the voices of peace and moderation in Lebanon, and hope that Lebanon continues down the path of national reconciliation, peace and prosperity that its citizens so strongly deserve."
A billionaire businessman, Rafik Hariri served as prime minister for 10 years between 1992 and 2004, embarking on a massive effort to rebuild the country from civil war destruction.
Initially a Syrian ally, Hariri had begun seeking to limit its political and military power in his country.
His killing sparked an outcry that forced Syria to withdraw troops it had in Lebanon since the early years of the civil war, following wide spread street protests across the country calling for their withdrawal.
Syria agreed last year to establish diplomatic relations with its neighbour in a step seen as further limiting Syrian dominance.