Interior Minister Shrugs off Resignation Call over Alleged Police Violence

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Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq reiterated that his resignation is pointless, pledging to protect “peaceful” demonstrators during an anti-government march planned for Sunday.

Al-Mashnouq expressed willingness to resign in “defense of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, or if his resignation would guarantee in solving the country's problem.”

“But I don't think that there is a need to do so,” al-Mashnouq told As Safir daily on Friday, a day after the so-called follow-up committee of the popular protest movement called for the resignation of the interior and environment ministers over alleged police violence and the failure to resolve the country's trash crisis.

The committee also said that it will organize a march on Sunday from Bourj Hammoud to central Beirut's al-Nejmeh Square.

It called for the release of all those arrested in connection with the August 22, 23 and 29 demonstrations held against the political class that has dominated the country and undermined its growth since the civil war ended in 1990.

Al-Mashnouq said that it is the responsibility of the security forces to protect the demonstrators who are peacefully expressing their viewpoints.

“It is their legal duty to do. But it is illegal to damage state and private property,” the minister told As Safir.

Al-Mashnouq slammed the demonstrators for asking the police to protect them and at the same time resorting to their assault and cursing them.

“Some of the things being said to the security forces are shameful,” he said.

On Wednesday, police beat back protesters with clubs and sticks after they were instigated by remarks made by them, and arrested dozens of people in downtown Beirut.

The small group of activists had gathered near the parliament building, where a national dialogue meeting was taking place.



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Default-user-icon the_roar (Guest) 18 September 2015, 06:30

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Default-user-icon mowaten (Guest) 18 September 2015, 10:23

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Default-user-icon mowaten (Guest) 18 September 2015, 11:24

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Default-user-icon who is "us" (Guest) 18 September 2015, 11:58

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Thumb _mowaten_ 18 September 2015, 12:55

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Thumb -phoenix1 18 September 2015, 19:41

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Default-user-icon q&a (Guest) 18 September 2015, 13:16

I how come there were almost as many injured security personnel as demonstrators in these peaceful demonstrators?

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Thumb janoubi 18 September 2015, 16:00


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Default-user-icon (Guest) (Guest) 18 September 2015, 16:23

he can't comment, his mouth is always full as he fully admits by his chosen username

Thumb -phoenix1 18 September 2015, 19:46

When people say we want neither M14 nor M8, they are perfectly right. Nabih Berri sends in his thugs to cause havoc, then orders his uniformed men in the ISF to use maximum force to disperse the protesters who are in turn accused of violence. Mr. Mashnouq who is part of the cake-sharers in the government and parliament orders the ISF to do as Berri ordered, use maximum force to dissuade protesters. M14 and M8 are there for the party, caviar, cigars and cognac are habits difficult to kick off, then here come these disturbing youth wanting to remove them from the enjoyment. Try as they may, change is happening.