90 injured during Sunday’s crackdown
- The Lebanese Red Cross stated that 90 civilians were injured in central Beirut on Sunday. Thirty—eight of them were transported to the hospital for treatment.
- For the second day in a row, security forces used excessive force, shooting rubber—coated steel bullets, tear gas, and water cannons at protesters with the intention to maim. Among the injured were two protesters who lost an eye from a rubber—coated steel bullet.
- Outrage over the excessive force manifested itself in a solidarity campaign on social media under the slogan “#OurRevolutionisInYourEyes."
On day 96: roadblocks in the North
- Protesters began blocking roads early Monday morning across different regions, including Tripoli, Dennieh, Halba, and Koura.
- In Tripoli, protesters blocked several roads including the highway to Tebbaneh and the main road in Chlifa. Others staged protests outside schools and universities in an attempt to prevent students and employees from entering. Non—burning tires and debris blocked the highway.
- Students also led marches in Aley and Bar Elias against the banking sector.
American journalist accused of reporting for Israeli daily is arrested
- American freelance journalist and photographer Nicholas Frakes was arrested Sunday after being accused of livestreaming the protest on the social media accounts of Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
- General Security released a statement Monday confirming the arrest. The statement alleged that a security patrol was able to geolocate the livestream on Haaretz’s account to Frakes’ location. The livestream, however, was fed from Reuters, both Haaretz and Reuters confirmed. Frakes has been handed over to the Lebanese Army’s Intelligence Bureau on accounts of an arrest warrant issued by Public Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat.
- According to his website, Frakes has written for several news sites, including The New Arab and Al—Monitor.
Marwan Habib is a “wanted” man
- Alleged serial harasser and rapist Marwan Habib did not show at the Hobeish police station after being called in for further questioning. Dozens of women came forward to accuse Habib of sexual assault, harassment, and two accused him of rape. Habib has denied all allegations.
- Kareem Majbour, the lawyer defending the women, said that Habib was apprehended Sunday at the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, and his phone was confiscated. Habib was then notified to present at the Hobeish police station. Seeing that Habib did not appear at his scheduled meeting, his file was transferred to the public prosecution’s office and a search ordinance was issued against him.
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