Le­banon pro­test­ers defiant de­spite at­tack

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Beirut, Le­banon - Se­cu­rity forces cleared road blocks across Le­banon on Mon­day, fac­ing off against pro­test­ers who took to the streets from the early morn­ing de­spite be­ing at­tacked overnight by Hezbol­lah and Amal sup­port­ers.

Demon­stra­tors de­mand­ing a com­plete gov­ern­ment over­haul have stayed mo­bilised since protests be­gan on Oc­to­ber 17, but a bit­terly di­vided political class has yet to find a way out of the cri­sis.

Frus­trated by the stale­mate, pro­test­ers had called for road blocks and a gen­eral strike on Mon­day, but an at­tack by Hezbol­lah and Amal sup­port­ers on Sun­day night weak­ened the turnout.

Political par­ties ‘are try­ing to in­still fear in us as a peo­ple, so we don’t progress and stay at home’, said Dany Ayyash (21) who was block­ing a key road in Beirut’s Hamra district early Mon­day.

“This is what hap­pened to­day. There was sup­posed to be a gen­eral strike and yet the peo­ple are still at home sleep­ing.”

At around mid­night on Sun­day, Hezbol­lah and Amal sup­port­ers at­tacked pro­test­ers at a fly­over near the cap­i­tal's main protest camp.

But the demon­stra­tors said they would not cave in. “The at­tack gave us all - at least the ones here right now - a sense of de­ter­mi­na­tion,” Ayyash said.

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