Families Block Roads as Islamist Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike

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Families of Islamist prisoners on Thursday blocked roads in Tripoli and the Bekaa as detained Islamist cleric Khaled Hoblos called for an open hunger strike in Lebanese prisons “until the approval of a general amnesty.”

The families blocked the Saadnayel-Chtaura road in the Bekaa and the Abu Ali roundabout in the northern city of Tripoli in solidarity with their sons.

The National News Agency meanwhile reported that more than 300 prisoners had started a hunger strike at the al-Qobbeh prison in Tripoli to press for the approval of a general amnesty.

“No protests or riots have been recorded,” NNA said.

Hoblos had earlier in the day called for a hunger strike in Lebanese prisons in an audio recording from the Roumieh prison.

Addressing President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Hoblos called for “finding a solution for thousands of detainees from all sects,” asking them to “seek the help of religious leaders to find a solution that suits everyone in a short time.”

“We, the detainees in Lebanese prisons, are resuming our hunger strike under the slogan Freedom or Death,” Hoblos says in the audio recording.

Several protests have been held across Lebanon in recent months demanding that Islamist prisoners be part of a discussed general amnesty.

Lebanese authorities have rounded up hundreds of Sunni Islamists over the last years, including some involved in bombings against civilians and deadly clashes with the Lebanese Army. They also include extremists believed to belong to al-Qaida-linked groups and the Islamic State group.

A lot of Islamist prisoners and their families have decried delay in judicial procedures and trials. Some prisoners are held for several years without trial or conviction.

Comments 11
Thumb i.report 08 March 2018, 18:20

We want no amnesty law at all and the previous ones revoked. The people demand accountability! Aoun, Berri, Jumblatt, Nasrallah and Cie mist face trial at an international criminal court of justice. The country cannot move on in the right direction without it.

Thumb Mystic 08 March 2018, 22:54

Let those salafis die of hunger then, if they don't want to eat. That is their own problem.

Thumb galaxy 08 March 2018, 19:05

"A lot of Islamist prisoners and their families have decried delay in judicial procedures and trials. Some prisoners are held for several years WITHOUT trial or conviction."

But if you are a shia and kill an army pilot, you stay in a 5 star hotel for 3 months and then get released; or if you invade the capital, block roads, close the airport, and fire at civilians and terrorize Hadath you don't get arrested.

That's why civil war will be the only way forward for this iranian country.

Thumb s.o.s 08 March 2018, 20:37

Sadly, you’re spot on and it’s really painful.

Thumb ex-fpm 09 March 2018, 07:55

yep without trial or conviction and remember all of them confessed under torture after being framed by suzanne al hajj or similar.

Thumb blablablablabla 09 March 2018, 10:03

When you re a commander of the ISF, threatening your superior, the ministry of interior of bloodbath, as he is going with his telecom college inspecting one OGERO floor in Bir Hassan, you re getting rewarded by being nominated as Ministry of Justice.

Well this is why civil war will be the only way forward as you daeshits do not understand that.

Thumb eagledawn 09 March 2018, 10:16

"Laugh out loud!" Aka, LOL.
You are a Tragedy.

You should stop smoking weed @blablablablabla, troll.

Thumb blablablablabla 09 March 2018, 10:33

so you re now copy pasting what i was telling about weed?

Well it seems you really smoked too much of that illegal substance that your brain now is useless

Thumb janoubi 09 March 2018, 10:52

the irony is Al Hajj's lawyer is requesting she be released because she has been held without conviction for 3 days!!!

وكيل سوزان الحاج تقدم أمام مفوض الحكومة لدى المحكمة العسكرية بطلب ترك موكلته باعتبار أن مدة توقيفها تجاوزت المدة المنصوص عليها في القانون.

Thumb justin 08 March 2018, 19:30


إطلاق نار على سيارة لمفرزة بعلبك القضائية على طريق الحمودية.۔
إصابة احد العناصر التابعة للشرطة القضائية في مكتب بعلبك في ظهره بعد تعرض الدورية لإطلاق نار.۔15:22

I bet those are excluded/exempt from prosecution.

Thumb whyaskwhy 09 March 2018, 15:13

Atruth, Kizballah has been running Lebanon since Syria left under various auspices. What have they truly done for Lebanon? we have a quisling president who takes his orders directly from Tehran and what has he done? Our debt continues to run higher and higher, we still do not have electricity on a continuous basis nor do we have clean water. Add to it the garbage mismanagement and our involvement in a war that has nothing to do with us and you will soon see the tip of the iceberg of why most Lebanese see Kizballah as not only a failure but counter productive to Lebanons future. So speeches making a lovely breakfast but a bad supper so don't preach to us as we have heard the 30 years speeches over and over but see nothing but negativity from Kizb and its followers.