Berri Says ‘Bloodshed Scheme’ Defeated on Tuesday


Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday said that the “biggest winners” on Tuesday were “Lebanon and civil peace,” after he was forced to postpone a legislative session due to lack of quorum and road-blocking protests.

“Despite what happened yesterday, the important thing is that not a single drop of blood was shed although a bloodshed scheme was being plotted in dark rooms,” Berri said during the weekly meeting with MPs in Ain el-Tineh.

“We do not accept this and the priority was and will always be Lebanon and civil peace,” the Speaker added.

He also said that “a bet on spreading vacuum” was thwarted.

Lebanon's parliament, besieged by angry protesters Tuesday, for a second time postponed a session to discuss draft laws which critics charge would let corrupt politicians off the hook.

After a morning of noisy demonstrations outside the chamber, and after several political parties had said they would boycott the session, parliament official Adnan Daher appeared before TV cameras.

"The session has been postponed to a date to be determined later," he said, citing "exceptional ... security conditions."

"This is a new achievement for the revolution," cheered Mohamed Ataya, a 28-year-old demonstrator, vowing that no session would be held "as long as the people control the street."

From early morning, riot police had faced off with hundreds of noisy demonstrators and sporadic scuffles broke out outside the assembly, where activists tried to block MPs' convoys.

Warning shots were fired in the air as one convoy passed through the crowd, a broadcast on LBCI television showed. Demonstrators blamed an MP's bodyguard for firing them.

Lebanon has since October 17 been rocked by an unprecedented wave of popular street revolt that have cut across sectarian lines.

What started with protests against a plan to tax online phone calls made through WhatsApp and other applications has turned into a broader popular revolt against the perceived ineptitude and corruption of the entire ruling class.

Amid the crisis the prime minister, Saad Hariri, bowed to street pressure and resigned on October 29, but the parliamentary consultations needed to form a new government have yet to start.

Comments 7
Thumb roflmfao 20 November 2019, 17:16

Dude.. pasdara.. repète après moi..
بري، نصرالله والضاحية كلها.. بري، نصرالله والضاحية كلها ..بري، نصرالله والضاحية كلها لبيك يا نصرالله

Missing nopasaran 20 November 2019, 19:34

Labayka Ya Nasrallah..

Thumb whyaskwhy 20 November 2019, 17:36

Looool he is starting to get a touch of Clowncites and its early signs of going nuts.... Soon the voices in his head will tell him he is the chosen one and that he alone will bring peace and harmony and fix famine around the globe....

Thumb doodle-dude 20 November 2019, 17:42

lol @ the shia french neopasdaran

Thumb thepatriot 20 November 2019, 18:24

"the priority was and will always be Lebanon and civil peace"

So why do you send you thugs on scooters with sticks and weapons?

Thumb s.o.s 20 November 2019, 19:07

LoL what a hypocrite, he supplies the reinforcements for your beloved Shia terrorist organization aka Hizbala . Amal and Hizbala are two sides of the same cancerous coin.

Thumb commirade.vlad 20 November 2019, 23:45

"le seul parti Libanais contre qui le Hezbollah a combattu des années est Amal"

The assassination season against the Communist Party began by killing Khalil Naous, party officer and a journalist. Then Mehdi A'mel, a party thinker who was killed in Beirut. At that time Hizbullah had their command in the old Iranian Embassy compound. Tensions were high when Suheil Tawileh was killed. Another attack killed 80 years old Houssein Mrouweh. Then Selim Yammout was killed. Finally, a vacuum bomb hit the main quarters of the Party in Al-Rmeileh area killing Dr. Hikmat Al-Amin and others. The Communist Party did not respond with the same manner but instead opened a dialogue with Al-Sayyed Mouhamed Houssein Fadlallah (Hizbullah spiritual leader) in an attempt to end the deadly series of attacks. The Communist Party, eventually, relinquished its military activities in South Lebanon to Hizbullah.
Al-Wassat (No: 226 - 27 May, 1996)