Future Movement denies any link to Hizb ut-Tahrir rally

Hizb ut-Tahrir’s spokesperson in Lebanon Ahmad Kasas said on Thursday afternoon that his party’s call for a demonstration against the Syrian regime in Tripoli this Friday was an “independent decision without any coordination with any political movements in Lebanon.”

The party has vowed to carry through with its rally on Friday despite its being banned by Lebanese authorities.

He also said that “attempts to prevent the party’s demonstration are due to a directive by the Syrian regime to some official agencies and political movements loyal to it in Lebanon.”

Kasas denied that Hizb ut-Tahrir has any connection to the flyers that were distributed in Tripoli and that that called for Syrian protests and list the party – along with several other Lebanese groups – as signatories .

“The signatures on the flyers are forgeries”, he said.

“The repression and detentions of Hizb ut-Tahrir youth by some agencies are unjustified violations,” he said, adding that the party’s demonstration will now also include protest against repression by the Lebanese authorities.

“Today, we have added the slogan ‘Against the regime of oppression in Lebanon,’ a regime which has arrested 16 activists of our party and beaten some of them,” he said.

On Tuesday, several members of the party were arrested for distributing flyers calling for a protest against the Syrian regime.

Future denies any link

Future Movement which is headed by Caretaker PM Saad Hariri denied in a statement on Thursday any links to the Hizb ut-Tahrir rally in support of the Syrian people against president Bashar a- Assad’d regime .

The movement said in a statement that some media outlets and politicians were seeking to link Future Movement to the invitation ( flyers ) for the Friday rally

“Future Movement confirms that it has nothing to do” with such invitations, said the statement.

Northern Lebanon branch of the national security council banned rallies for or against Syria’s regime.

“We have decided not to approve any requests for demonstrations as they fail to meet legal conditions,” the council said.

Jisr

MP Samir al-Jisr , a key member of the Future Movement bloc said Thursday : Everyone, including Hizb ut-Tahrir, must “abide by the decisions issued” banning demonstrations for or against the Syrian regime.

“It is impermissible for any party to be above the law. When the northern branch of the security council makes a decision, it is based on good reasons.” He said

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been facing the biggest challenge to his rule. Popular protests demanding greater freedoms and an end to corruption erupted over a month ago in southern Syria and spread to the capital Damascus and most cities in Syria. Last Friday witnessed the largest ever protest and there are reports pointing to more protests this coming Friday since the Christians were urged to participate on Great Friday.

Just like the Egyptian, Tunisian and Libyan regimes the Syrian regime has been blaming foreigners for the protests. Last week the Syrian regime accused a Lebanese Future movement legislator of funding and arming the opposition to fuel a wave of protests in the country, a charge that was repeatedly denied by the party and MP Jamal al Jarrah.

Following the airing of the allegations on state owned TV Jarrah told LBC “Interfering in Syria’s internal affairs is out of the question”.

“We have neither the ability nor the intent to interfere in Syria’s domestic affairs,” Jarrah stressed

“We do not allow anyone to interfere in Lebanese internal affairs. If Syria has a case to discuss, it can address the government and the judiciary through the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” He added

Photo: Hizb ut-Tahrir’s spokesperson in Lebanon Ahmad Kasas

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  • ghzayel

    to ban or not to ban that is the question,

    we dont agree with ahmad kassas on the basic unconstitutional founding chart of his party that want to turn lebanon into an islamic sunni imarat governed by the sharia, and we certainly did not agree with hizballah who started first this islamic state novelty by declaring his chart that strive for a shia lebanon modeled after the iranian wilayat al faqih.

    both groups irrespective of their political presence and clout contradict fundamentally the free liberal, democratic constitution of lebanon and both groups should have been banned altogether from the beginning.

    but when the hizb ut tahrir gave the previous minister of interior ahmad fatfat a notification in 2006 they were starting their own party, he accepted it as a sunni ally that could beef up their ranks in the face of hizballah who became a military bullying force on the ground, in a moment where tensions were very high between 8th and 14th of march groups; he was unfortunately trying to face one problem by creating another.

    nevertheless kassas does have a constitutional right as a lebanese to demonstrate and voice his opinions which happened to be against the syrian regime.

    on the other hand, the pro syrian group does have the same rights to demonstrate their support to the syrian regime.

    so instead of banning both groups from going out on the streets, an alternative solution would have been to let them both demonstrate under heavy security surveillance in a predetermined location, but not in the same place nor at the same time.

    • Rafic

      Please get off your seat you religious fanaticts and offer good science , mathe medical doctors or doctors in any other field then doctorate only on religion unless mixed with science and computer teachers instead of what you have on your mind so you can feed and prosper your followers. You can do so much good for your people instead of giving them false hope that will not put food on the table.

    • Rafic

      Please get off your seat you religious fanaticts and offer good science , mathe medical doctors or doctors in any other field then doctorate only on religion unless mixed with science and computer teachers instead of what you have on your mind so you can feed and prosper your followers. You can do so much good for your people instead of giving them false hope that will not put food on the table.

  • Anonymous

    to ban or not to ban that is the question,

    we dont agree with ahmad kassas on the basic unconstitutional founding chart of his party that want to turn lebanon into an islamic sunni imarat governed by the sharia, and we certainly dont agree with hizballah’s previously declared chart that strive for
    a shia lebanon modeled after the iranian wilayat al faqih.

    both groups irrespective of their political presence contradict fundamentally the free liberal, democratic constitution of lebanon and both groups should have been banned from the beginning.

    but when the hizb ut tahrir gave the previous minister of interior ahmad fatfat a notification in 2006 they were starting their own party he accepted it as a sunni response to hizballah, in a moment where tensions were very high between 8th and 14th of march groups; he was unfortunately tying to solve one problem by creating another.

    nevertheless kassas does have a constitutional right as a lebanese to demonstrate and voice his opinions which happened to be against the syrian regime.

    on the other hand, the pro syrian group does have the same rights to demonstrate their support to the syrian regime.

    so instead of banning both groups from going out on the streets, an alternative solution would have been to let them both demonstrate under heavy security surveillance but not in the same place nor at the same time.

    • Anonymous

      Please get off your seat you religious fanaticts and offer good science , mathe medical doctors or doctors in any other field then doctorate only on religion unless mixed with science and computer teachers instead of what you have on your mind so you can feed and prosper your followers. You can do so much good for your people instead of giving them false hope that will not put food on the table.

  • antar2011

    a result of the inability to actually do something about the weapons that is not in the hands of the govt.

    the followers of HA and AMAL can do all they like in the south and getting away with it.
    this started a chain to others who say why us and not them?

    i agree if you want to ban someone then ban everyone not just pick and choose [even if you have good intentions/reasons] because it will only be translated as an injustice and injustices is bound to create tensions and conflicts sooner or later.

  • Anonymous

    a result of the inability to actually do something about the weapons that is not in the hands of the govt.

    the followers of HA and AMAL can do all they like in the south and getting away with it.
    this started a chain to others who say why us and not them?

    i agree if you want to ban someone then ban everyone not just pick and choose [even if you have good intentions/reasons] because it will only be translated as an injustice and injustices is bound to create tensions and conflicts sooner or later.

  • Anonymous

    a result of the inability to actually do something about the weapons that is not in the hands of the govt.

    the followers of HA and AMAL can do all they like in the south and getting away with it.
    this started a chain to others who say why us and not them?

    i agree if you want to ban someone then ban everyone not just pick and choose [even if you have good intentions/reasons] because it will only be translated as an injustice and injustices is bound to create tensions and conflicts sooner or later.