The day of anger rocks Lebanon, in pictures

A Lebanese soldier runs past burning tires lit by supporters of Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri during what they called "a day of anger," at the main road connecting Beirut to southern Lebanon, in Sidon, southern Lebanon January 25, 2011

Protests continue to rock Lebanon. Thousands of angry protesters burned tires and blocked roads across Lebanon on Tuesday after Iranian and Syrian-backed Hezbollah secured the appointment of its candidate to lead the next government.

The protests were part of a “day of anger” called by supporters of Hariri to protest against Hezbollah which is funded and supported by Tehran.

The biggest protest took place in Mikati’s hometown, the northern city of Tripoli where medical sources said 20 people were treated for injuries and protesters set fire to a satellite truck used by the Qatar based television channel Al Jazeera.

The nomination of Najib Mikati as prime minister, endorsed by President Michel Suleiman, is seen a victory for Hezbollah, which secured the parliamentary votes needed to wrest control of the Lebanese government.

Caretaker PM Saad Hariri said yesterday that the Future Movement will refuse to participate in any government headed by the candidate of the Hezbollah-led March 8alliance

He also said “that all the talk of ( Mikati being ) a compromise candidate is an attempt to throw dust in the eyes…. there is no such thing as consensus candidate”

Lebanese president Michel Suleiman will reportedly refuse to sign off on any one color cabinet that is not a national unity government , according to presidential sources, but Speaker Nabih Berri, Hezbollah Shiite key ally revealed that Mikati once officially designated will form a national salvation government instead of a national unity government, after the announcement of the Future Movement and the March 14 that they will refuse to join any government that is not headed by Hariri .

Hariri calls for calm

Outgoing Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri condemned the rioting and called on protesters to restrain themselves in a speech to the nation on Tuesday afternoon.

“When you decided to call for a ‘day of rage’, your motive was the expression of a democratic stance, which we believe is a peaceful path that we cannot abandon,” Hariri told protesters.

Hariri warned his supporters not to fall prey to incitement, asking them “not to give anyone an excuse to take to the streets.”

“Our goal is not power, nor is it the premiership. Rather, our goal is always to protect the state from hegemony.”

“Today you are responsible for Lebanon’s safety and the safety of coexistence among the Lebanese.” He said

A supporter of Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri burns tires blocking a street near Tariq al-Jadidah in Beirut during what they called "a day of anger" against the expected nomination of Hezbollah-backed Najib Mikati to form the next government, January 25, 2011.
Demonstrators carry flags during a protest at a major square in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011.
Supporters of Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri block a street with garbage bins during a protest in Beirut against the nomination of Hezbollah-backed Najib Mikati to form the next government January 25, 2011.
A Lebanese protester burns tires in the northern Akkar region, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011.
Supporters of Lebanon's former prime minister Saad al-Hariri wave flags during what they call "a day of anger" in Tripoli, northern Lebanon January 25, 2011,
Protesters rip a poster of Lebanese MP Najib Mikati during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri in the Sunni bastion coastal city of Tripoli on Tuesday
  • umhd2

    Although our countries are enemies, I feel for you. Your country is going to be a Shia controlled state. Iran is smart and manipulative. They control AlJazeera – they managed to topple the government in Tunis – look at Aljazeera headlines – there is little about what is going on in Lebanon. They are conveniently promoting Wikileaks and creating a surge of Arab sentiment against Abu Mazzen hiding the moves made by Iran in Lebanon. At the same time Aljezeera is promoting the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt and Jordan. All for the objective of creating a greater Iran by controlling Lebanon. It is a done deal. The middle east is going to new places…

    • Lebanese121

      Yalibnan is your friend not your enemy. Have you not seen the AD’s pleading Yalibnan members to donate to look after the IDF?

      • umhd2

        my friend, thanks for your comment. I certainly hope Hariri will have a chance to follow his father’s footsteps and help build a calmer more modern Lebanon. looking at pictures and reading some articles, Lebanon seems like a beautiful place to live in.

        • NAGDELLA

          Yes you’re right, it is a beautiful place to live in and we can thank Hezbollah that people like yourself don’t have a water view frontage off the Lebanese coast!

  • umhd2

    Although our countries are enemies, I feel for you. Your country is going to be a Shia controlled state. Iran is smart and manipulative. They control AlJazeera – they managed to topple the government in Tunis – look at Aljazeera headlines – there is little about what is going on in Lebanon. They are conveniently promoting Wikileaks and creating a surge of Arab sentiment against Abu Mazzen hiding the moves made by Iran in Lebanon. At the same time Aljezeera is promoting the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt and Jordan. All for the objective of creating a greater Iran by controlling Lebanon. It is a done deal. The middle east is going to new places…

  • Anonymous

    Although our countries are enemies, I feel for you. Your country is going to be a Shia controlled state. Iran is smart and manipulative. They control AlJazeera – they managed to topple the government in Tunis – look at Aljazeera headlines – there is little about what is going on in Lebanon. They are conveniently promoting Wikileaks and creating a surge of Arab sentiment against Abu Mazzen hiding the moves made by Iran in Lebanon. At the same time Aljezeera is promoting the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt and Jordan. All for the objective of creating a greater Iran by controlling Lebanon. It is a done deal. The middle east is going to new places…

  • Anonymous

    Although our countries are enemies, I feel for you. Your country is going to be a Shia controlled state. Iran is smart and manipulative. They control AlJazeera – they managed to topple the government in Tunis – look at Aljazeera headlines – there is little about what is going on in Lebanon. They are conveniently promoting Wikileaks and creating a surge of Arab sentiment against Abu Mazzen hiding the moves made by Iran in Lebanon. At the same time Aljezeera is promoting the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt and Jordan. All for the objective of creating a greater Iran by controlling Lebanon. It is a done deal. The middle east is going to new places…

    • Anonymous

      Yalibnan is your friend not your enemy. Have you not seen the AD’s pleading Yalibnan members to donate to look after the IDF?

      • Anonymous

        my friend, thanks for your comment. I certainly hope Hariri will have a chance to follow his father’s footsteps and help build a calmer more modern Lebanon. looking at pictures and reading some articles, Lebanon seems like a beautiful place to live in.

        • Anonymous

          Yes you’re right, it is a beautiful place to live in and we can thank Hezbollah that people like yourself don’t have a water view frontage off the Lebanese coast!

  • Lebanese121

    “Day of Rage” , yeah Hariri that definitely sounds like a “peaceful path”. Your a joke. If you don’t like the new sunni PM then tell your buddies not to join the government, or maybe March 14th could have nominated a more friendly candidate. 68-60, they won fair and square. Obviously they were not holding a gun to enough heads, or the vote would have been a little more lopsided.

    • Georgeabuali

      the marginal few that join the Mo3arada were given a choice your life or your vote, fair and square.

      History repeating itself, just run some 30 years old news recorded without looking at the date and you would think the news is current.

      This is the MEA phenomena. Peace

    • What the heck are you talking about. Hezbollah didn’t need to hold many guns to peoples heads because they are scared of him. Jumblatt was one of those people who was consulted directly by Hezbollah. You wouldn’t think Hezbollah would tell Jumblatt to spread the news? Those 60 people wouldn’t need to get hurt because they already knew Mikati would win. Hezbollah could have only held one gun to one persons head and his representative would win… Anyway, if you knew anything about the government in Lebanon, it is up to the government representatives to vote for their PM. If the citizens of Lebanon were to vote, which they should, PM Hariri would have won hands down.

      • kareemthehippy

        Adnan, haven’t seen you on here in a while! I do agree! It would have been VERY close, but I think Hariri would still have won it becuase most Lebanese can’t be bothered with riots and violence anymore

  • Anonymous

    “Day of Rage” , yeah Hariri that definitely sounds like a “peaceful path”. Your a joke. If you don’t like the new sunni PM then tell your buddies not to join the government, or maybe March 14th could have nominated a more friendly candidate. 68-60, they won fair and square. Obviously they were not holding a gun to enough heads, or the vote would have been a little more lopsided.

    • Anonymous

      the marginal few that join the Mo3arada were given a choice your life or your vote, fair and square.

      History repeating itself, just run some 30 years old news recorded without looking at the date and you would think the news is current.

      This is the MEA phenomena. Peace

    • What the heck are you talking about. Hezbollah didn’t need to hold many guns to peoples heads because they are scared of him. Jumblatt was one of those people who was consulted directly by Hezbollah. You wouldn’t think Hezbollah would tell Jumblatt to spread the news? Those 60 people wouldn’t need to get hurt because they already knew Mikati would win. Hezbollah could have only held one gun to one persons head and his representative would win… Anyway, if you knew anything about the government in Lebanon, it is up to the government representatives to vote for their PM. If the citizens of Lebanon were to vote, which they should, PM Hariri would have won hands down.

      • Anonymous

        Adnan, haven’t seen you on here in a while! I do agree! It would have been VERY close, but I think Hariri would still have won it becuase most Lebanese can’t be bothered with riots and violence anymore

    • What the heck are you talking about. Hezbollah didn’t need to hold many guns to peoples heads because they are scared of him. Jumblatt was one of those people who was consulted directly by Hezbollah. You wouldn’t think Hezbollah would tell Jumblatt to spread the news? Those 60 people wouldn’t need to get hurt because they already knew Mikati would win. Hezbollah could have only held one gun to one persons head and his representative would win… Anyway, if you knew anything about the government in Lebanon, it is up to the government representatives to vote for their PM. If the citizens of Lebanon were to vote, which they should, PM Hariri would have won hands down.

    • What the heck are you talking about. Hezbollah didn’t need to hold many guns to peoples heads because they are scared of him. Jumblatt was one of those people who was consulted directly by Hezbollah. You wouldn’t think Hezbollah would tell Jumblatt to spread the news? Those 60 people wouldn’t need to get hurt because they already knew Mikati would win. Hezbollah could have only held one gun to one persons head and his representative would win… Anyway, if you knew anything about the government in Lebanon, it is up to the government representatives to vote for their PM. If the citizens of Lebanon were to vote, which they should, PM Hariri would have won hands down.

  • guss043

    that’ok screw al jazira ,burn it without killing, they are pro hizbollah and pro el kaida ad support terrorism ,cant stand one sided newa and jazira is run by fanatic Palestinians

  • guss043

    that’ok screw al jazira ,burn it without killing, they are pro hizbollah and pro el kaida ad support terrorism ,cant stand one sided newa and jazira is run by fanatic Palestinians

  • I have a friend in South Lebanon, right now–in Bint Jbeil–& we haven’t heard from him in over 2 wks. He’s handicapped, in a wheelchair. Went to visit his family. Don’t know how to find him, phone calls aren’t answered, & I’m not sure how to go about reaching him to find out if he’s OK. Does anyone have any advice about what steps to take? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    • nabilabuzaid

      Contact Hezbollah they’re in control in Bint Jbeil.

    • PROPHET.T

      Would you Post your friends name so that everyone would know about his case, if you are really serious?If I were you, I would post as much information about your friend as possible.

  • I have a friend in South Lebanon, right now–in Bint Jbeil–& we haven’t heard from him in over 2 wks. He’s handicapped, in a wheelchair. Went to visit his family. Don’t know how to find him, phone calls aren’t answered, & I’m not sure how to go about reaching him to find out if he’s OK. Does anyone have any advice about what steps to take? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    • Anonymous

      Contact Hezbollah they’re in control in Bint Jbeil.

    • Anonymous

      Contact Hezbollah they’re in control in Bint Jbeil.

    • PROPHET.T

      Would you Post your friends name so that everyone would know about his case, if you are really serious?If I were you, I would post as much information about your friend as possible.