Lebanese Mob Torches “Pro-Hezbollah” Aljazeera Truck in Tripoli
Protesters push back against Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Lebanese Sunni Muslim supporters of Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri protest around a burning satellite truck used by Al Jazeera tv channel during what they called “a day of anger” in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, against the expected nomination of Hezbollah-backed Najib Mikati to form the next government, January 25, 2011. Supporters of Hariri set fire to a vehicle used by the Arab television channel Al Jazeera during protests in the northern city of Tripoli on Tuesday, witnesses said. (REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir)
Hundreds of protesters torched tires, a TV van and blocked roads after Hezbollah announced it had picked a new leader for Lebanon.
The Star reported:
Hundreds of angry supporters of caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri burned tyres and blocked roads in Lebanon on Tuesday in protest against Hezbollah’s nomination of Najib Mikati to form the next government.
Protesters set fire to a satellite truck used by the Arab television channel Al Jazeera — seen by Hariri’s supporters as favouring Hezbollah — and burnt posters of Mikati in the northern city of Tripoli, which he represents in parliament.
In Beirut, protesters blocked a road with burning tyres and overturned garbage containers. A security source said shots were fired in the air and the army intervened, but no one was hurt.
The protests were part of a “day of anger” called by loyalists of Hariri, backed by Saudi Arabia and Washington, to protest against Iranian-backed Hezbollah.
The Shi’ite group and its allies toppled Hariri’s government in a dispute over the investigation of his father’s killing and won support on Monday for Mikati to replace him.
Mikati secured the crucial backing of Walid Jumblatt and six of the infliential local leader’s supporters on Monday, giving him a majority of support among parliament’s 128 members.
President Michel Suleiman was due to ask Mikati formally to form a government later on Tuesday.
Angry protesters destroy a van belonging to Al-Jazeera in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Thousands of Sunnis waved flags, burned tires and torched a van belonging to Al-Jazeera on Tuesday during a ‘day of rage’ to protest gains by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, which now has enough support in parliament to control Lebanon’s next government. The Arabic banner reads:’ No for Hezbollah Prime Minister.’ (AP Photo)