ISF Contains Riad al-Solh Scuffles between Protesters, 'Nasrallah Defenders'


Scuffles renewed Thursday at Beirut's Riad al-Solh Square between anti-government protesters and young men accusing them of "insulting" Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

The scuffles had first erupted Wednesday evening but took a more violent turn on Thursday with the increase in the numbers of both the protesters and the "Nasrallah defenders."

Riot police intervened twice on Thursday and separated between the two groups. Al-Jadeed TV meanwhile said an army force had also arrived on the scene.

Several people were injured according to TV networks.

The pro-Nasrallah group tried to remove tents erected by the protesters during the scuffles.

Protesters responded by chanting "All of them means all of them", a slogan popularized during the 2015 protests and heavily used during the 2019 revolt.

Some protesters and media reports said the Nasrallah supporters share the demonstrators' grievances but refuse any mention or reference to Nasrallah. Other protesters and reports said the pro-Nasrallah young men were deliberately seeking to disrupt the sit-in.

Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat meanwhile condemned “attacks on protesters, wherever they may come from.”

Comments 9
Thumb justin 24 October 2019, 17:58

Thugs and terrorists

Missing samiam 24 October 2019, 18:09

nice 'resistance' nasralla---I am sure you are proud of what is 'protecting' Lebanon. Thugs and bullies--no more.

Thumb gebran_sons 24 October 2019, 18:33

How long must we wait until people wake up and realize Nassrallah and Hizbolah are the root of our problems? What respectable country in the world allows a militia funded, trained and indoctrinated by a belligerent radical country to have more arms that its army!!!! By any definition it is a foreign agent and anyone working with it is plotting against our Country and culprit of treason. Yes, all corrupt zoomas from all parties should be tried, but let us not loose the compass and this unique opportunity to restore independence and sovereignty!

Thumb Mystic 25 October 2019, 00:37

Hold your horses, you have problems in your own neighbourhoods too.

Missing lebcan 25 October 2019, 05:40

So do YOU and by far!
and by God your in the minority ;)

All of them means all of them... tell your Hizb Ebola to stay out of Lebanese peoples lives....

Thumb Mystic 25 October 2019, 00:38

Israel loves chaos, and these protests benefits Israel only. Israel thrives with lust when Lebanon is in chaos, just like they were happy when Syria burned into hell.

Thumb Mystic 25 October 2019, 01:22

I agree with some of these protests, I can understand peoples frustration, but some people like you try to politicize these protests to attack other peoples sects, and this is not even what the protesters want, they want to abolish the secterian system in Lebanon, and yet you are here to talk about Shia and what not, you are not one of the good protesters that just it better for Lebanon, you want what is best for Israel you saudi lackey.

Thumb Mystic 25 October 2019, 01:24

these young protesters believes they can make good changes in Lebanon, even though chances are slim, you want what is best for your Israeli masters to see Lebanon in tire flames and chaos.

Missing phillipo 25 October 2019, 11:57

Mystic, if you could only take the blinders off your eyes for just a moment you might actually be able to see that what is best for Israel is also best for Lebanon.
1. Only one armed force on Lebanese soil - LAF
2. Governmental control over the airport and sea ports - no more smuggling to
deny the Lebanese National Economy of Billions
3. Connect to the Israeli Electricity Grid - No more power outages
4. Join up with the developers of the Israeli Offshore Natural Gas Fields -
Billions more for the Lebanese National Economy.
5. Quiet in Lebanon - Hundreds of thousands more tourists, millions more for
the Lebanese National Economy.
Need I go on? Even though I know you will never be peruaded