"Day of rage" in Beirut - Hariri supporters take to streetsAdd to Lightbox Download
Small protests broke out in various areas around Lebanon after consultations were held on Monday with member of parliament, Najib Mikati, appearing as the front runner to replace Saad Hariri. Mikati is the choice of the March 8 coalition, which includes the Lebanese resistance and political movement Hizballah. March 8 collapsed the Lebanese government over a week ago as the UN tribunal investigating the killing of former Prime Minsiter, Rafiq Hariri, Saad's father, gets set to release indictments which are expected to target members of Hizballah. In Beirut a small protest was held at the grave of Rafiq Hariri, and elsewhere tires were burned shutting down roads by Saad Hariri's supporters.///Around 100 supporters of former prime minister Saad Hariri gathered outside the grave of Rafiq Hariri, Saad's father, in downtown Beirut. Many chanted against Iran, a supporter of Hizballah and the March 8 movement. .Supporters of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri called for a "day of rage" across Lebanon on Tuesday, 25 January. In Sunni Muslim areas around the country protestors took to the streets to protest against the selection of Najib Mikati as Lebanon's new prime minister. Near Beirut's main Cola junction, young men from the Tariq al-Jadide neighborhood set fires to trash bins and tires, while the Lebanese army intervened putting out fires. The situation remains tense in Lebanon as supporters of Hariri's March 14 coalition protest as the former opposition March 8 coalition (which includes Hizballah) becoms the new majority in government.
- Matthew Cassel
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