Geagea urges govt to resign if it bows to Hezbollah’s demands and stops Beirut blast probe

A protester calls for official accountability in the massive blast in Beirut’s port last year that killed some 218 people , injured about 7000 and left 300, 000 homeless after 2,750 Tons of Ammonium Nitrate Exploded . They were stored there for nearly 7 years. , reportedly for use by the Syrian regime in its barrel bombs against the civilians in Syria. Caretaker PM Hassan Diab and president Michel Aoun were informed about the explosive chemical 2 weeks before the explosion. but neither did anything about it . Aoun said he is not responsible for the port and ExPM Diab reportedly offered to go to the port to inspect the material but Hezbollah security chief Wafic Safa reportedly told him not to go . Diab’s government , the presidency and the parliament leadership is controlled by Hezbollah since it is the only militia that was allowed by the Syrian occupiers at the end of the civil war to keep its arms (Hussein Malla / Associated Press)

Lebanese Forces party leader Samir Geagea called for a peaceful general strike if the government of PM Najib Mikati and president Michel Aoun bow to the demands of the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group and end the investigation of the catastrophic Beirut Port explosion

WeHe warned Wednesday the government and President Aoun against “bowing to Hiezbollah’s intimidation” concerning the dismissal of Judge Tarek Bitar. the lead investigator into the port blast case,

“If they stop the investigations, they must resign immediately,” he said.

Geagea also called for a general and peaceful strike if ” Hezbollah tries to impose its will by force.”

He added sarcastically that the “inverted logic” that has been prevailing in Lebanon for years, coupled with “imposition, threats, force and red and yellow lines,” aims to falsify and reverse facts, to violate sovereignty and to silence “free voices.”

Geagea stressed that “the successive submissions to intimidation throughout the years” have brought the Lebanese people to where they are today.

“Any additional blackmail related to the port crime is a great moral blow to the judicial institution and a direct or indirect participation in the crime.”

“A partner in crime is as responsible as the direct criminal,” he added.

Hezbollah allies pressuring government

In a new development Hezbollah and its allies the Amal Movement and the Marada Movement threatened to quit the government if Judge Bitar is not fired

Beirut port blast investigator Judge Tarek Bitar must be replaced or else Hezbollah, the Amal Movement and the Marada Movement will “suspend their participation in the government,” Hezbollah and Amal sources have reportedly warned.

“Judge Bitar was appointed through a decree and he can also be recused through a decree, although the ideal solution is to resolve the matter in the Higher Judicial Council,” sources told al-Jadeed TV on Wednesday.

The sources also claimed that Bitar is “inclined to accuse Hezbollah of the port bombing crime,” stressing that “the party cannot bear the consequences of a crime that it did not commit.”

EU warns

The lead spokesperson for the external affairs of the EU, Peter Stano, warned Tuesday that the Beirut port blast investigation has to be “completed as soon as possible,” and that it should be impartial, credible and transparent.

“The investigation should be allowed to proceed without any interference in legal proceedings and those responsible for this tragedy should be held accountable,” he added.



30 responses to “Geagea urges govt to resign if it bows to Hezbollah’s demands and stops Beirut blast probe”

  1. Lebanon – Tensions rise between Hezbollah camp and its opponents over the issue of the Beirut port explosion investigation
    At 11:00, supporters of Hezbollah and the Amal party will arrive to demonstrate in front of the court in Beirut, demanding the dismissal of investigating judge Tark Bitar, who is about to publish a report of his findings that emerged from the Beirut port explosion investigation.
    Hezbollah estimates that Bitar will publish findings that support the version that Hezbollah is responsible for the explosion in Beirut and decided to fight a judge who even received threats on his life.
    Bitar was appointed by the Lebanese authorities to investigate the explosion and with the development of the investigation, Hezbollah decided that Bitar was not good for them …
    A meeting between the demonstrators on both sides of the barricade is expected soon at the court that rejected the petition of Hezbollah MPs and promised to fire Judge Bitar

    1. Hezbollah and Amal’s call (and the Almerda stream) to come and demonstrate in front of the court.
      Due to the fear of a violent outbreak, some of the schools in Beirut decided not to hold classes today

      1. It was interesting to see the widespread mobilization of the “electronic soldiers” of the Shiite axis against Judge Bitar under the slogan – something that was in 2005 will not be repeated (when they aim to accuse Hezbollah of eliminating Rafik al-Hariri).
        What is even more interesting is that the hashtag in Iraq was even more popular than in Lebanon, which may indicate that more “electronic soldiers” in Iraq were engaged in it than “electronic soldiers” in Lebanon.
        The Shiite axis knows how to work in a network

        1. Lebanon – Hezbollah and Amal members are preparing to march towards the court in a call to oust Judge Bitar

          1. Killed and eight wounded in clashes in the a-Tiona area of Beirut.
            Here in the video, Hezbollah supporters read: Shia, Shia

          2. And Hezbollah’s “non-violent demonstrator” is just cleaning his weapon … they just came to demonstrate

          3. And the schools in the area, which have had a regular school day, are concentrating in the hallways for fear of being hit by stray gunfire

          4. Another “nonviolent demonstrator” of Hezbollah

          5. According to the Lebanese Almiadin channel, there are 2 dead and 21 wounded in clashes in Beirut

          6. According to unofficial sources in Lebanon, one of those killed in the Beirut shooting is Rami Zeitar, an activist of the Amal movement

          7. Hezbollah and the Amal movement published a joint proclamation against the shooting in Beirut:

            “At 10:45 a sniper fire was fired at participants of a non-violent gathering in the a-Tiona area.
            The target of the armed gangs that carried out the shooting is to drag Lebanon into a civil war.
            We call on the Lebanese army to get its hands on these criminals.
            We call on our supporters to exercise restraint and not be dragged into civil war”

          8. RPG fire was also in the area of clashes in Beirut today, on the part of a “non-violent Hezbollah protest”

          9. Lebanese Al-Mayadin Channel, according to medical sources: The number of people killed in clashes in the a-Tiona area in Beirut has risen to 6 and the number of wounded has risen to 60

          10. The shooting continued at this time as well. Hezbollah supporters try to fire an RPG at a building where they suspect snipers fired at protesters

          11. A group of Amal movement activists in the a-Tiona area of Beirut

          12. Elected Prime Minister Najib Mikati and his Defense Minister arrived at the Army Corps to closely monitor the events.

            Media outlets affiliated with Hezbollah and Amal clearly accuse Samir Jajah’s Lebanese Forces Party of responsibility for firing snipers at protesters against Judge Bitar. (Demonstration by Hezbollah and Amal supporters)

          13. Beirut: The army evacuates civilians from the shooting area

          14. Hezbollah operative crashes to the floor with the RPG

          15. According to some reports on social media, a Hezbollah operative ☝️ who held the RPG, was shot by a sniper and therefore fell

          16. Another angle that clarifies the circumstances of the incident: Hezbollah operative, dressed in black (as is the custom of Hezbollah operatives in violent demonstrations) tries to launch an RPG, is shot by a sniper and flattens the ground

          17. A lunch trip of Hezbollah operatives through the streets of Beirut

          18. Hezbollah, in a show of force, is pouring armed reinforcements into Beirut

          19. Of the 6 killed today in Beirut:
            3 activists of the Amal movement
            1 Hezbollah operative
            1 passerby

            Correction: The image of the slain on the top left (with the Amal logo) is of the slain from Deir Hanna and not from Lebanon. The remaining 5 from Lebanon.

          20. Lebanon – Interim Summary

            Hezbollah and Amal in an official proclamation accuse the Lebanese (Christian) forces party headed by Samir Jajah of firing snipers.
            This means that the Lebanese Forces Party is officially and publicly accused of killing Amal and Hezbollah operatives.

            Samir Jajah is in a prominent (and armed) public confrontation with Hezbollah and Amal.

            Jaja, of course, is in favor of keeping Judge Bitar in his role as investigator of the explosion in the port of Beirut in the face of the opposing Hezbollah camp, in the assessment that Judge Bitar will determine that Hezbollah is behind the Beirut port explosion.

            Disputes between the parties were not settled. On the contrary, they deepened and became clearer, and sharper. Also added is the blood dimension – there are casualties with clear identification and there is an open account.

          21. The Lebanese Forces Party, led by Samir Jaja, publishes a response to Hezbollah’s accusations of responsibility for the sniper fire:

            “We flatly reject Hezbollah’s claims regarding our responsibility for the shooting. We strongly condemn the events today and call on the relevant mechanisms to determine who is responsible”

          22. Following the events of the day in Lebanon, Hezbollah-affiliated accounts are posting a threatening video to Samir Gaagea and Sami Al-Jamil (the prominent leaders of the Christian parties in Lebanon):
            “If the decision is made, you will start fleeing … the forces of the Zionist Gaagea”

  2. The Lebanese pound is traded today at a rate of about 21,000 pounds to the dollar.

    In the days following the announcement of the formation of the Mikati government (a few weeks ago) and the optimism that followed, the pound strengthened and traded for a short period at a rate of about 16,000 pounds to the dollar. Since then, her hair, as mentioned, has continued to play until it reached these days (even before the riots today) a rate of about 21 thousand pounds to the dollar.
    (The lowest rate ever, at which the Lebanese pound was traded, was 23,000 pounds to the dollar – about two months ago)

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