Lebanon MP: Citizens should reject arms that ‘occupy Beirut’


March 14 MP Nohad al-Mashnouq told LBCI television on Sunday that Beirut residents should take to the streets to express their rejection of Tuesday’s Borj Abi Haidar clashes and should call for confiscating the arms that “occupy Beirut.”

His comments come after the clash that took place last Tuesday night in the Beirut neighborhood of Borj Abi Haidar between supporters of the pro-Syrian Association of Islamic Charitable Projects—also known as Al-Ahbash—and the Iranian backed Hezbollah militants , leading to the death of three people, including Hezbollah official Mohammad Fawwaz, his body guard and an Al-Ahbash member who is the son of a Beirut Mukhtar.

“Talks about conspiracies are unacceptable,” Mashnouq said, adding that arms used by parties in Beirut insulted the people of all sects.

Resistance arms are something else and they should continue to be used against Israel, the MP also said, criticizing the Defense Ministry’s Tuesday decision to suspend permits to carry firearms in Lebanon since the weapons used in the clashes were most likely not licensed.

The cabinet assigned the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) to protect citizens and the Lebanese command must take responsibility, Mashnouq said, adding that the LAF and the security forces did not fulfill their duties.

The MP rejected Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt’s proposal to form neighborhood security watch committees,saying that such talks remind him of the 1975 civil war.



6 responses to “Lebanon MP: Citizens should reject arms that ‘occupy Beirut’”

  1. Hogwash, No way. These arms are needed to liberate a virtual enemy. As a solution, I suggest to provide them with video games they can play forever without hurting anyone.

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    Tarie AL Fanarie

    Very Funny Ali..And I like the idea of Video games.

  3. The arms that Hezballah has is obviously being also given to some of the citizens around the party and that means it does not necessarily follow the same political agenda 100 percent as Hezballah…and that is dangeous. The best thing is for Hezballah to dissarm the ‘citizens’ that are not fighters within the party. The Sunni’s guns are a joke compared to what the other party has, but still they too shouldnt have weapons and there should be a way to dissarm them through the LAF

  4. jadm i like your idea bro.

    i’ve said that in my previous posts that the weapons are not dangerous its the people that hold them.

    citizens dont have the same discipline that soldiers do.

    every party should disarm all its followers but then again, with all the skepticism and paranois going on, maybe after the STL is over, then that will be a good time to offer such a referendum.

    1. Now is the time to act aggressively and work on disarming all civilianzs. Even the resistance should not be allowed to carry ARMS in the open within the City of Beirut as it is intimidating for everyone and pointless.

      The indictment of HA is just round the corner and with all these arms in the hands of people I expect a tragedy to take place

  5. Mr.Nohad Mushnouq ,I agree with you!!!!

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