Hezbollah and Amal supporters attack protesters on the Ring
- Dozens of men headed to the Ring Bridge on Sunday night, chanting slogans in support of Hezbollah and Amal Movement. They hit protesters and threw rocks at them, and damaged and looted dozens of tents, cars, and shops in the surrounding area. They also attacked media personnel, including LBCI anchor Dima Sadek, whose phone was stolen.
- The attack lasted until the early hours of Monday after the army and security forces intervened to diffuse the mob, firing tear gas. Hezbollah and Amal denied that the protesters were affiliated to them.
- Protesters rebuilt many of the tents. Meanwhile, the judiciary, under Attorney General of the Court of Cassation Ghassan Ouaidat, has launched investigations into the altercations that occurred at the Ring.
Amal and Hezbollah convoys following fatal car accident
- Brandishing Amal Movement and Hezbollah flags, hundreds gathered in Beirut, Nabatieh, and Tyre to decry the death of Hussein Shalhoub and Sanaa Habibi Jundi who died in a car accident this morning.
- Meanwhile, mopeds of Amal Movement and Hezbollah supporters sped through Beirut, intimidating pedestrians and chanting, “Shi’a, Shi’a, Shi’a”. There were reports of gunfire in different areas. They also attacked protesters in Tyre, opening fire and destroying tents. The army intervened.
- Shalhoub and Jundi died on the Jiyyeh highway after their car crashed into metal barriers and was set ablaze, according to CCTV footage, and witness testimonies. Reports indicate that the iron barriers had been inserted by the army to divert cars from protests taking place around a hundred meters ahead.
Roadblocks and public anger on Day 40
- Following the assault on protesters by supporters of Hezbollah and Amal, roadblocks were set up across the country Sunday night in Beirut, Jal el-Dib, Jeb Jennine, Tripoli, Rashaya-Masnaa, and other areas. Some roads were blocked on Monday morning, including Beirut’s Qantari road, Sawfar, Jiyyeh, Barjah, Naameh, Bekaa, Khaldeh, and Tripoli’s al-Bohsas area. The roads were reopened forcibly by the army.
- Protesters in Sidon and Zghrta gathered outside branches of Electricite du Liban and Ogero, while schools and universities in Sidon shut down. Students and instructors in Halba organized a protest demanding better education services in Akkar.
- Meanwhile, protesters demonstrated on the road leading to Baabda Palace, demanding the formation of a government.
Army arrests more protesters
- The army detained five people in Sidon, nine in Jal el-Dib, and four in Zouk Mosbeh for “rioting”. Protesters gathered in front of the respective barracks to demand the release of detainees. A delegation of lawyers from the Beirut Bar Association arrived to the Sarba barracks but were not allowed to meet the detainees.
- The detainees were later released, with the exception of two foreign detainees in Sidon and Zouk Mosbeh. They have been referred to the military courts.
- The nine activists called in for questioning for breaking into Bisri Valley on Monday were released on the same day.
Arrest warrant against murderers of Alaa Abou Fakher
- Following the questioning of 1st Adjutant Charbel Ajeil on Monday, the Military Tribunal issued an arrest warrant for his alleged involvement in the killing of martyr Alaa Abou Fakher in Khaldeh. Colonel Nidal Daou, who was in the vehicle being driven by Charbel Ajeil, was also questioned. However, Daou was released on bail.
- Alaa Abou Fakher’s family called for the blocking of the road in Khaldeh to protest the release of Daou. They later reversed this call, as General Prosecutor Judge Fadi Sawwan appealed the decision to release Daou.
Syndicate announces closure of many restaurants
- The Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafes, Nightclubs, and Patisseries released a statement that over 265 restaurants, cafes, and other food-and-beverage establishments have been closed up.
- The syndicate estimated that 200 more establishments will be closed up this month, adding that the sector was rapidly declining before the onset of the revolution.
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