Skip to comments.Heavy gunfire erupts in Beirut following Hassan funeral
Posted on 10/21/2012 10:46:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Hundreds of protesters try to storm offices of Lebanese PM Mikati, demanding his resignation over assassination of Wissam al-Hassan; thousands gather in Beirut for funeral, accuse Syria's Assad of carrying out attack...
Security forces shot into the air and police fired tear gas to repulse the hundreds of protesters who overturned barriers and threw stones and steel rods, witnesses said...
An angry crowd had marched on the prime minister's office after politicians at the funeral of Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan, who was killed by a car bomb on Friday, called on Mikati to resign over the killing.
The opposition and its supporters believe Mikati is too close to Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Lebanese ally Hezbollah, which is part of Mikati's government.
Many of the protesters waved flags from the anti-Syrian opposition Future Movement -- a mainly Sunni Muslim party -- and Christian Lebanese Forces as well as black Islamist flags.
They scattered after the security forces' action and there were no immediate reports of any casualties other than two people fainting.
Opposition leader Saad Hariri urged supporters to refrain from any more violence...
Hassan, 47, was a Sunni Muslim and senior intelligence official who had helped uncover a bomb plot that led to the arrest and indictment in August of a pro-Damascus former Lebanese minister.
He also led an investigation that implicated Syria and the Shi'ite Hezbollah in the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.
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No sound is so sweet as that of the “arab spring”.
Must have been a bad video.......
Do you work for the Obama administration? Come on..., admit it. ;^)
Lebanese PM suspects assassination linked to bomb plot
Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:54am EDT
BEIRUT (Reuters) — Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Saturday he suspected the assassination of a senior Lebanese intelligence chief was linked to his role in uncovering Syrian involvement in an earlier bomb plot.
Timeline: Political turmoil and violence in Lebanon since 2005
Reporting by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit
February 2005 - Rafik al-Hariri, the former premier, is killed, with around 21 others, by a truck bomb in Beirut
October 2005 - In a report to the U.N. Security Council, the preliminary findings of the international investigation into Hariri’s killing implicate high-ranking Syrian and Lebanese officials.
June 2009 - An anti-Syrian coalition, led by Saad Hariri, a son of the murdered former premier, defeats Hezbollah and its Christian ally Michel Aoun in parliamentary elections.
July 2012 - The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, established to try suspects in Rafik Hariri’s killing names the four men wanted for the murder as Mustafa Amine Badreddine, a senior Hezbollah figure, as well as Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra. Hezbollah denies any role in the killing and says it will refuse to allow the suspects to be arrested.
October 2012 - Senior Lebanese intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan, who led the investigation that implicated Syria and Hezbollah in the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri, is killed with seven others by a car bomb in Beirut.
Thanks jjotto for the link.
Lebanon has had so much strife in the past thirty years. Wouldn’t you think the inhabitants would want to avoid going back to that?
The inhabitants of that region defy any sense of logic I can identify with. Sense of devotion to family means nothing. Lets go out and kill our fellow citizens on the streets. Enough of this peace...
It angers me that the people would be this self-defeatist. Damn them!
If someone shoots, three things can happen — you can die, you can duck then surrender, or you can shoot back.
I’m going option 3.
That’s what many Lebanese do as well. As Eowyn said in “Lord of the Rings”, it takes but one side to make a war.