Activist Nidal Ayoub spends three hours at Anti—Cybercrime Bureau
- Feminist activist Nidal Ayoub spent three hours in the Anti—Cybercrime Bureau Tuesday morning based on a complaint leveled by pro—Syrian regime journalist Hossein Mortada. He accused her of “libel and slander, blasphemy, insulting the president, and undermining the prestige of the state.”
- Mortada had published a video about Ayoub falsely painting her as a CIA and Mossad agent, among other false accusations. Despite placing a formal complaint against him, the judiciary has yet to investigate.
- Ayoub refused to answer any questions or sign a pledge. In a televised interview, Ayoub said that she was questioned about her stance on Syrian refugees.
On day 83, protestors hit public institutions
- Protesters blocked the entrance to the Zahle Serail with a large Lebanese flag while others in Tripoli burned tyres around the Water Authority building. Protesters in the northern town of Deir Ammar blocked the entrance to the power plant.
- Tripolitan demonstrators also trapped the governor of the North Ramzi Nohra in the Serail and refused to let him out over corruption allegations.
- Protesters in Halba completely cut off the Akkar highway with barriers and unlit tyres, demanding the release of Jihad Abro. Abro was arrested after an altercation between protesters and security forces outside Blom Bank on the 1st of January.
Electricité du Liban warns of output reduction
- In a statement, the state—owned Electricité du Liban (EDL) said it would be forced to reduce the hours of available electricity if there is no increase in state subsidies in the new budget.
- If no changes are made to the budget—capped at 1,500 billion Liras—EDL will have to further electricity rations as early as February.
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