Outrage in Tripoli after two residents killed by collapsed roof
- Following Monday’s heavy floods, a roof collapsed overnight in Tripoli’s Mina area, killing siblings Rama and Abdel-Rahman Kakhia.
- Demonstrators burned tires and blocked roads to protest against the municipality’s negligence. They stormed the municipality police building and demonstrated outside the house of the mayor, Abdel Qader Alameddine, demanding he resigns. The army intervened to forcibly open the roads, hitting protesters and firing teargas for the second day in a row, which led to injuries.
- The municipality had allegedly refused to provide permits to repair the crumbling house under the pretext that it was a traditional building and required additional paperwork. Twenty municipality council members suspended their membership, demanding that the mayor resigns.
On day 55, protesters return to blocking roads
- Four protesters were arrested in Jounieh after attempting to block roads. They were released in the evening after protesters gathered outside the Serail and blocked the Jounieh highway to denounce their arrest. Melhem Khalaf, President of the Lawyers’ Union, successfully obtained their release.
- Protesters blocked roads in Qantari, Beirut, in solidarity with those killed in Tripoli and to protest the postponement of parliamentary consultations. Taking cue from protesters in Tripoli, protesters in Beirut organized demonstrations outside politicians’ houses. Roads were also blocked in Chekka, Hasbaya, and Barja.
- Volunteers from the Civil Defense protested in Riad el Solh, vowing to go on strike if the state does not meet their demands.
Discussion in Azarieh tent suspended by a group of young people
- The Civic Influence Hub, known as The Hub, organized a discussion called “Neutrality is a strategic concept for the return of Lebanon’s prosperity” in a tent in Downtown’s Azarieh parking, where a number of tents nave been set up since the onset of the revolution. The Hub has held multiple discussions on Lebanon’s history and economic conditions in Azarieh.
- After the discussion began, a group of young people, allegedly close to leftist groups, surrounded the tent and had a heated argument with the organizers and speakers, accusing them of calling for normalization with Israel.
- Organizers were not able to continue the discussion, and the identity of the young people remains unclear.
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