Demonstrators target US Embassy near Beirut


Beirut: A group of protesters who supported Hezbollah went to the American embassy in Awkar, 11 km from Beirut, to protest against “American intervention in Lebanon.”

The Lebanese army prevented the demonstrators from continuing to the road that led to the embassy after setting up a security cord. Young people from the Communist Party, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party and some Palestinian refugees participated in the demonstrations. They said they were “resistant and thwarted by former US ambassador Geoffrey Feltman.”

The demonstrators burned the flags of the United States and Israel. Some people tried to break the barbed wire to break through the security cord, which led to riots and was driven away by tear gas by internal security forces.

The demonstration coincided with a social media campaign accusing the civil movement in Lebanon of “receiving US funding and directives.” A Twitter user replied: “Would you allow us to demonstrate outside the Iranian Embassy?”

Another Twitter user said: “We support demonstrating outside every embassy that meddles in Lebanese affairs and outside the Iranian Embassy, which finances Hezbollah and provides them with arms in Lebanon and all Arab countries. Down with all embassies, and the decision remains for the free and honourable revolutionists.”

Peace protests were held on Sunday in Beirut, Tripoli and Sidon to “seize refusal of maritime property.” On Saturday evening, the internal community of Beirut made its first peaceful protest. Many residents from the pro-Hariri residential area attended the meeting.

Image result for Demonstrators target US Embassy near BeirutThe protesters raised the Lebanese flag and balloons, shouted slogans and condemned the difficult life and economic situation. They demanded the rapid formation of a government that responded to the demands of civilian movements.

Civilian movements continue to infiltrate in trade union elections. Civil society candidates have won elections from the Lebanese Dental Association and physiotherapists. This development reflects the mood of voters who used to vote for party candidates based on established rules. On Sunday, democracy activist Melhem Khalaf was elected president of the Beirut Bar, the association’s first independent election victory.

The two boys, 12 and 19 years old, were arrested by the security forces in the small mountain town of Hammana for shooting the flag of the Free Patriotic Movement. This act caused widespread conviction and forced security forces to release them a few hours after their arrest.

Caretaker Minister May Chidiac denounced the arrest of the children and said: “Unbelievable! What is happening? Are some of the allies of Bashar’s regime reproducing what he did in Daraa? Doesn’t the example of the children of Daraa, which sparked the war in Syria, mean anything to them? Fear God and be humble.”

Although the institutions involved in the people’s movements on Monday called for a general strike to increase pressure on the government to speed up the demands of the movement, the Lebanese people are still experiencing social and economic pressure and banks in the presence of two exchange rates of the US dollar. Measures to prevent transfers abroad.

Maroun Al-Khouli, president of the Federation of Trade Unions, warned that random layoffs would affect workers without any protection from the Ministry of Labor. “Employers now benefit from the financial and economic conditions and developments of the country and deduct 50% of the wages of non-rejected employees,” he said.

Al-Khouli called on caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri to intervene in the cabinet to “dismiss all people who had been fired since the protests on October 17”.

He added: “The transitional government can decide on all non-critical issues, such as international agreements and treaties, as well as comprehensive and long-term development plans. It must take responsibility to stop the social slaughter of thousands of redundant workers.”

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