Rifi Vows to Resist May 7's 'Destructive Path,' Says Adventures Will Fire Back

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi stated on Tuesday that the adventures of those who “violated the state's dignity” on May 7, 2008 will fire back at them, vowing to continue “resisting this destructive path.”

Rifi commented on the infamous May 7 events on the eve of their sixth anniversary in a released statement, describing the day as one of the darkest in Lebanon's modern history.

On that day “an armed group violated the state's integrity, its institutions and its prestige and terrified the Lebanese, killing them in Beirut and Mount Lebanon in a dull show of force,” he said in the statement.

"But these adventures no matter how much gains they secured for those behind them at that time, they will fire back at them,” he declared.

"And we assure that we will continue resisting this destructive path that has drowned Lebanon and Syria, made them submissive to a regional project, and did not pay attention to the interest of Lebanon and of the Lebanese,” he added.

"We will resist this path until we reach a state of law and of institutions, who are alone capable of protecting all the Lebanese.”

Rifi reminded Iranian Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi of a statement he made, and in which he said the power of his country “could expand to reach the Mediterranean, and that Iranian defense line have arrived in southern Lebanon.”

"This memory is a coup that Lebanon is still suffering from its consequences until today, in its security and in its stability,” the Justice Minister expressed.

On May 7, 2008, clashes in Beirut and Mount Lebanon erupted that year when gunmen belonging to Hizbullah and its allies swept through the capital's neighborhoods after the government of Fouad Saniora decided to dismantle the group's telecom network and sack airport security chief Brig. Gen. Wafiq Shqeir.



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