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By Saphora Smith

Anti-government protesters, left were attacked by Hezbollah supporters, right, during a protest near the government palace, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Anti-government protesters, left were attacked by Hezbollah supporters, right, during a protest near the government palace, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

They came dressed in black and wielding sticks.

Images emerged on social media of men widely believed to be supporters of powerful Lebanese militant group Hezbollah tearing through a camp of anti-government protesters in Beirut on Oct. 29, smashing chairs and setting fire to tents.

Meanwhile, the anti-corruption protesters regularly can be heard chanting slogans against Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the Iran-backed militia and political party’s leader.

The tensions between Hezbollah and the largely leaderless anti-corruption protests sweeping Lebanon are a sign of the great unease that Iran and its proxies across the region are feeling at the upsurge of anti-government demonstrations.

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