Gunmen Break Up Protests against Berri in Tyre

W460

As hundreds of Lebanese gather for fresh protests on Saturday, armed clashes were reported in the southern city of Tyre when protesters chanted slogans opposed to AMAL Movement leader and Speaker Nabih Berri.

Videos circulating on social media showed pro-AMAL gunmen suppressing the campaigners by force in Tyre.

“Gunmen have attacked us, beat us and opened fire,” one women said. As several youth took to social media expressing resentment.

The protesters claimed they “were left to their own fate,” denouncing what they said “total absence of the army and security forces in Tyre” to defend them.

On Friday, protesters tore large street posters of Berri chanting "thieves,” and fired insults at his spouse Randa Berri.

AMAL supporters also got angry when a poster of AMAL founder, Imam Moussa al-Sadr was taken down. Armed clashes erupted afterwards.

Protesters were reportedly subject to gunfire when they stormed the offices of AMAL MPs, Hani Qobeissi and Yassin Jaber.

It is the first time that Tyre has seen public opposition to Berri.

Hundreds gathered in Lebanon Saturday for a third day of protests against tax increases and alleged official corruption after the security forces made dozens of arrests.

After a rise in the dollar exchange rate and the strike of fuel stations and bakeries, the government decided to impose a tax on gasoline, raise the value-added tax and impose a fee on the use of WhatsApp.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 4
Thumb s.o.s 19 October 2019, 15:19

Question: where was the army ? Where was Abbaz Ibrahim?? They let thugs and terrorists attack people who are fed up with this criminal warlord.

Thumb lebanon_first 19 October 2019, 16:47

What do u mean the army? The army takes orders from the brezident who was appointed by berri's parliament.

The only country in the world where the speaker of the house has a private army of thugs!

Imagine his power!!!

Missing rabiosa 19 October 2019, 18:04

He should be the first one to step down. 30 years as speaker, it's become his play house. The only ones who can beat his thuggish goons are Hizbos, which if you all recall long time ago they did.

Thumb whyaskwhy 19 October 2019, 19:09

Hold on a second here lol how quickly we forget it was only a few days ago before people were saying the army is a red line looooool The army has always been and will always be there to protect Lebanons elit ya albi not your civil rights as a citizen. I have to laugh every-time I see some twit on FB with a captioned picture of an army leader calling the hope of the nation. The only hope this nation has is a citizen who opts to learn something from his education and employ it to the benefit of the nation. Sa7 el noum ya fotoum