On day 81, protesters show no signs of relenting
- Despite the rainy weather, hundreds of protesters gathered outside Hasan Diab’s residence in Tallet El Khayat, demanding his resignation. They later marched to Nejmeh Square. Protesters in Taalabaya and Tripoli also organized a solidarity march to denounce Diab.
- Protesters in Sidon also organized a demonstration outside the Electricite du Liban branch against power outages happening over the course of several days.
- Meanwhile, a group of protesters organized a sit—in outside Halba’s police station and blocked the roads with burning tyres in the early morning, demanding the release of Jihad Abro. Abro was arrested for allegedly assaulting a member of the security forces during an altercation at a Blom Bank branch in Halba on the 1st of January.
As anger at banks increase, two men set one on fire
- A video circulating on social media platforms, taken overnight, filmed two men setting a Credit Libanais branch in the Zouk Mosbeh on fire. Before fleeing the scene, one of the men attempted to break the ATM outside and the glass of the bank’s front door.
Nasrallah addresses Soleimani's death
- In a speech on Sunday, Hezbollah Secretary—General Hasan Nasrallah said the United States would pay the price for the attack. He added that targeting US. military forces in the Middle East is a just retaliation to the killing of the head of Iran’s Quds Force Qasem Soleimani.
- Nasrallah noted that he had met with Soleimani in Beirut on the first of January, two days before his death, and had warned him of the risk of assassination.
- Thousands of Hezbollah supporters gathered in Beirut’s southern suburb for the memorial service, chanting “death to America” during intervals of Nasrallah’s speech.
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