Lebanon army arrests and severely beats activist, report

The sister of Lebanese political activist Pierre Hashash said that Lebanese army intelligence officers severely beat her brother and herself before detaining the activist and threatening him over his political activities.

“Troops from army intelligence attacked my brother at a restaurant in [the northern town of] Batroun. One of them hit him on his head with the butt of a rifle without allowing my brother to speak,” Joelle Hashash told NOW on Thursday.

Hashash also said that when she went to visit her brother in detention she heard him scream in pain.

“He was screaming in pain from a head wound and pleading to be taken to the hospital, but he was not [hospitalized].”

Hashash also denied that her brother was arrested for slandering army commander General Jean Qahwaji.

“No one knows the reason behind his arrest in this monstrous way, we have not heard of our brother for two days.”

She also said that the army intelligence members beat her until she lost consciousness when she tried to film the scene of her brother’s arrest.

Hashash added that her brother was “threated by one of the major generals, who told him that he would break his legs if he does not stop his activities in Batroun.”

Meanwhile, Pierre Hashash’s lawyer criticized the manner of the activist’s arrest and told NOW that the army intelligence members were wearing civil clothes and refused to reveal their identity when they arrested him.

“He has the right to be notified that a public authority is arresting him,” Bassem al-Aamm said.

Aamm also said that Hashash has been threatened previously by members of the army intelligence.

Pierre Hashash is a political activist who unsuccessfully ran for the parliamentary elections in Batroun in 2000, 2005. In 2009, he ran for the Maronite seat in Tripoli.

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Photo: A banner created in support of the campaign to free arrested artist and activist Pierre Hashash (From the ‘STOP Cultural Terrorism in Lebanon’ Facebook page)

  • Constantin7

    What a brutal way for aresting someone. Our army and police should learn to treat people with respect and dignity and not lay a hand on them to try to hurt them physically or mentally. What a retarded people, where everybody HITS everybody to make a point. The Army and Police should be an example to follow for the people, an example for respect, decency, and honorable behaviour. No matter what this guy did, he deserves to be treated with dignity and not in this savage retarded 3rd-world treatment.

    Then we say that we are a civilized people. Are we ? These army officers should be sanctioned and a whole educational program should be installed in the army and police in order to teach them how to treat the people with RESPECT and DIGNITY, who ever they are, and no matter what they did. Of course, in case of self defense, they have to use the legal means to defend themselves.

    Once I was riding in a car driven by an elderly lady neighbour, and we past by the traffic policeman in Beirut, and this policeman told the lady : “Yalla Ya Khitiara”. The lady was so insulted, with reason. Our policemen are example of disrespect and dishonourable behavior, unfortunately. 

  • Constantin7

    What a brutal way for aresting someone. Our army and police should learn to treat people with respect and dignity and not lay a hand on them to try to hurt them physically or mentally. What a retarded people, where everybody HITS everybody to make a point. The Army and Police should be an example to follow for the people, an example for respect, decency, and honorable behaviour. No matter what this guy did, he deserves to be treated with dignity and not in this savage retarded 3rd-world treatment.

    Then we say that we are a civilized people. Are we ? These army officers should be sanctioned and a whole educational program should be installed in the army and police in order to teach them how to treat the people with RESPECT and DIGNITY, who ever they are, and no matter what they did. Of course, in case of self defense, they have to use the legal means to defend themselves.

    Once I was riding in a car driven by an elderly lady neighbour, and we past by the traffic policeman in Beirut, and this policeman told the lady : “Yalla Ya Khitiara”. The lady was so insulted, with reason. Our policemen are example of disrespect and dishonourable behavior, unfortunately. 

  • Hannibal

    Democracy and freedom of speech…
    Cowards!

  • Hannibal

    Democracy and freedom of speech…
    Cowards!

  • nagy_michael2

    I dare the Army to arrest and beat up Hezbollah sympathisers let alone members when they act like thugs and rob people. I dare the Army to arrest those who were selling fake drugs? I dare the army to arrest Nassrallah for declaring wars without Army consent? i dare the Army to arrest Bassil in Batroun after the S.O.B stole along with his uncle Aoun and masters in Hezbollah the money allocated for Energy Projects.. I dare these coward to act like men when they need to..

    • yusif haway

      no one is going to screw ur ass and the ass of ur master hariri and geagea and isreal only hasbullah and if u have dignity u will not open ur nasty mouth on nasrallah as he is the one leader with dignity and offer his son for his country open ur nasty mouth and tell which lebanese leader offer anything for lebanon without hisbullah u and ur family will in the hands of ur master isreal u going to tell me nasrallah is an irian but u will be shy or hiding ur head to accept that ur masters in m14 take orders from their bosses saudia arabia and the u.s will u be honest if u have dignity to say it 

      • Patience2

         I hear the Bzzz … Bzzz … Bzzz of a hezbian!

      • nagy_michael2

        First I do not follow no Geagea or hariri. I could careless about them but at least after the war stopped geagea is not going around shooting people like hezbollah to protect their weapons and their drug money. their money laundering or the coward after 30 years of Syria occupations they wanted it to stay longer. I am faggot like you so you’re the ass licker.. There is nothing dignified about Nassrallah and i am sorry about his sons but he could careless it seems about the shiites sons who are dying as jihadists in Syria or in Lebanon to please Iran.. how many times iran said that hezbollah is their second army.. or lebanon is their satellite station practically. what proof do you want more.. i am not follower of anyone unlike you who blindly follow an idiot like Nassrallah. an idiot who dragged lebanon in 2006 to free up a pyscho killer like Samir Quntar.. but he dare not speak any words about lebanese prisoners in Syria. That includes all sects with many shiites improsened there. Iran is clearly is the master of hezbollah and you’re their slaves. Its very clear and obvious and you can deny it as you jackasses denying the killing of many lebanese and hiding infomation from the investigators in order to find who called whom. you call that honest and diginified. who are you fooling you stupid dumb ass.

  • nagy_michael2

    I dare the Army to arrest and beat up Hezbollah sympathisers let alone members when they act like thugs and rob people. I dare the Army to arrest those who were selling fake drugs? I dare the army to arrest Nassrallah for declaring wars without Army consent? i dare the Army to arrest Bassil in Batroun after the S.O.B stole along with his uncle Aoun and masters in Hezbollah the money allocated for Energy Projects.. I dare these coward to act like men when they need to..

    • lenanon30

      no one is going to screw ur ass and the ass of ur master hariri and geagea and isreal only hasbullah and if u have dignity u will not open ur nasty mouth on nasrallah as he is the one leader with dignity and offer his son for his country open ur nasty mouth and tell which lebanese leader offer anything for lebanon without hisbullah u and ur family will in the hands of ur master isreal u going to tell me nasrallah is an irian but u will be shy or hiding ur head to accept that ur masters in m14 take orders from their bosses saudia arabia and the u.s will u be honest if u have dignity to say it 

      • Patience2

         I hear the Bzzz … Bzzz … Bzzz of a hezbian!

      • nagy_michael2

        First I do not follow no Geagea or hariri. I could careless about them but at least after the war stopped geagea is not going around shooting people like hezbollah to protect their weapons and their drug money. their money laundering or the coward after 30 years of Syria occupations they wanted it to stay longer. I am faggot like you so you’re the ass licker.. There is nothing dignified about Nassrallah and i am sorry about his sons but he could careless it seems about the shiites sons who are dying as jihadists in Syria or in Lebanon to please Iran.. how many times iran said that hezbollah is their second army.. or lebanon is their satellite station practically. what proof do you want more.. i am not follower of anyone unlike you who blindly follow an idiot like Nassrallah. an idiot who dragged lebanon in 2006 to free up a pyscho killer like Samir Quntar.. but he dare not speak any words about lebanese prisoners in Syria. That includes all sects with many shiites improsened there. Iran is clearly is the master of hezbollah and you’re their slaves. Its very clear and obvious and you can deny it as you jackasses denying the killing of many lebanese and hiding infomation from the investigators in order to find who called whom. you call that honest and diginified. who are you fooling you stup dumb ass.

  • http://yalibnan.com/ geo metro

    what a disgrace!

  • http://yalibnan.com geo metro

    what a disgrace!

  • MekensehParty

    that’s the phoenician heritage?

    • MekensehParty

      yek yek yek

  • MekensehParty

    that’s the phoenician heritage?

    • MekensehParty

      yek yek yek

  • Btru2u

    There should be a full investigation , find out who assaulted him, on what gounds he was assaulted, his political views must be publicised, and his opponents views must be publicised. There is more to this than meets the eye.

  • Btru2u

    There should be a full investigation , find out who assaulted him, on what gounds he was assaulted, his political views must be publicised, and his opponents views must be publicised. There is more to this than meets the eye.

  • dateam

    I have never heard of this man? what is he an activist for in batroun? can anyone enlighten me please?

    • http://yalibnan.com/ geo metro

      good morning dateam,

       youtube “piere hashash lebanese rap” and hear his lirycs, you will be delighted.

  • dateam

    I have never heard of this man? what is he an activist for in batroun? can anyone enlighten me please?

    • http://yalibnan.com geo metro

      good morning dateam,

       youtube “piere hashash lebanese rap” and hear his lirycs, you will be delighted.

  • JS_Bach

    But … people … that is not the point. Even if he were arrested in the most civilized of ways, the Swiss way or the Swedish way, the point here is why the hell is somebody being arrested in the first place for “insulting” the Army in a Facebook post, or “political activism”—not whether or not he was beaten during the arrest. I think that is way more important and dangerous than the form the arrest took, and focusing on the beating steers the attention away from the real and very serious issue at hand.

    That is not to discount Pierre’s physical brutalization—please understand what I’m saying here.

    What have we come to? A Stalinian regime?

  • JS_Bach

    But … people … that is not the point. Even if he were arrested in the most civilized of ways, the Swiss way or the Swedish way, the point here is why the hell is somebody being arrested in the first place for “insulting” the Army in a Facebook post, or “political activism”—not whether or not he was beaten during the arrest. I think that is way more important and dangerous than the form of the arrest and focusing on the beating steers the attention away from the real and very serious issue at hand.

    That is not to discount Pierre’s physical brutalization—please understand what I’m saying here.What have we come to? A Stalinian regime?