Subject: MIR-FORWARD::Nasrallah alleges violent protests linked to US Embassy Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="bboouunnddaarryy" --bboouunnddaarryy Content-type: text/plain; ??general.htmltitle?? Email Forward ------------------------------------------------------------ Nasrallah alleges violent protests linked to US Embassy posted by Worker Idependence, 31.05.2004 16:29 Nasrallah alleges violent protests linked to US Embassy Hizbullah chief says clashes targeted relations between party, army Nasrallah alleges violent protests linked to US Embassy Hizbullah chief says clashes targeted relations between party, army By Adnan El-Ghoul Daily Star staff Monday, May 31, 2004 BEIRUT: Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah accused individuals linked to the US Embassy of instigating violence between protestors and the army during a demonstration last Thursday that left five dead and dozens wounded. "After the shooting in (Beirut's) Hay al-Sellom area, groups linked to the embassy worked to spread chaos and violence in other regions in the southern suburbs," Nasrallah said during a news conference held Saturday in Beirut's  Roueiss region. Nasrallah said Hizbullah had a list with the names of the suspects, a copy of which was handed to the Lebanese authorities. Nasrallah did not confirm whether the instigators were acting on their own or whether they were guided by the embassy. "The investigations should answer these and other related questions," he said. During the news conference, Nasrallah sent multiple messages in different directions, virtually accusing several parties of being involved in the violence for a number of reasons, including the targeting of the "resistance in its stronghold." "Thursday's clashes targeted the southern suburbs, the Lebanese Army and Hizbullah," he said, suggesting the aim was to undermine the relationship between the army and Hizbullah. While denouncing the attack on units of the army, which he called a "red line," Nasrallah said it was a mistake to send the military to the neighborhood of Hay al-Sellom. He protested against the soldiers who returned fire to stones, causing the death of demonstrators. "We reject targeting the army, which we consider a patriotic and a blood brother and a partner of the resistance; but we strongly denounce the retaliation to stones with bullets," he said. Nasrallah said he considered last Thursday's events to be "serious and dangerous," and he urged the Lebanese authorities to carry out a transparent and thorough investigation. He said that the instigators had acted with the aim of undermining the close relationship between the government and Hizbullah, and he denied claims Hizbullah had any interest in seeing Premier Rafik Hariri leave office. Nasrallah insisted that his party "was not involved in Thursday's rioting over gasoline prices in Hay al-Sellom." "Our understanding with the GLC included supporting a strike and a sit-in in front of governmental institutions in the suburbs and other towns and cities, and participating in a peaceful demonstration from the Mathaf area in Beirut." Nasrallah said Hizbullah was as surprised as anyone when certain union elements called the crowds to demonstrate and block roads in the suburbs. "We call upon the GLC leadership to investigate and announce the names of the individuals behind the incitement," Nasrallah said. Nasrallah denied that Hizbullah is in charge of security in the southern suburbs, saying: "Party members only secure the main resistance positions and protect the leaderships' residences from likely attacks by enemy forces or collaborators." He said Hizbullah takes private security measures under legal license. "We have to stay alert as we cannot risk car bombs and assassination attempts," he said. Source of this emailed article: http://beirut.indymedia.org//en/2004/05/1343.shtml !COMMENT! --bboouunnddaarryy Content-type: text/html;charset="utf-8";

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Nasrallah alleges violent protests linked to US Embassy
Hizbullah chief says clashes targeted relations between party, army


Nasrallah alleges violent protests linked to US Embassy
Hizbullah chief says clashes targeted relations between party, army
By Adnan El-Ghoul
Daily Star staff
Monday, May 31, 2004




BEIRUT: Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah accused individuals linked to the US Embassy of instigating violence between protestors and the army during a demonstration last Thursday that left five dead and dozens wounded.

"After the shooting in (Beirut's) Hay al-Sellom area, groups linked to the embassy worked to spread chaos and violence in other regions in the southern suburbs," Nasrallah said during a news conference held Saturday in Beirut's  Roueiss region. Nasrallah said Hizbullah had a list with the names of the suspects, a copy of which was handed to the Lebanese authorities.

Nasrallah did not confirm whether the instigators were acting on their own or whether they were guided by the embassy. "The investigations should answer these and other related questions," he said.

During the news conference, Nasrallah sent multiple messages in different directions, virtually accusing several parties of being involved in the violence for a number of reasons, including the targeting of the "resistance in its stronghold."

"Thursday's clashes targeted the southern suburbs, the Lebanese Army and Hizbullah," he said, suggesting the aim was to undermine the relationship between the army and Hizbullah.

While denouncing the attack on units of the army, which he called a "red line," Nasrallah said it was a mistake to send the military to the neighborhood of Hay al-Sellom. He protested against the soldiers who returned fire to stones, causing the death of demonstrators.

"We reject targeting the army, which we consider a patriotic and a blood brother and a partner of the resistance; but we strongly denounce the retaliation to stones with bullets," he said.

Nasrallah said he considered last Thursday's events to be "serious and dangerous," and he urged the Lebanese authorities to carry out a transparent and thorough investigation.

He said that the instigators had acted with the aim of undermining the close relationship between the government and Hizbullah, and he denied claims Hizbullah had any interest in seeing Premier Rafik Hariri leave office.

Nasrallah insisted that his party "was not involved in Thursday's rioting over gasoline prices in Hay al-Sellom."

"Our understanding with the GLC included supporting a strike and a sit-in in front of governmental institutions in the suburbs and other towns and cities, and participating in a peaceful demonstration from the Mathaf area in Beirut."

Nasrallah said Hizbullah was as surprised as anyone when certain union elements called the crowds to demonstrate and block roads in the suburbs.

"We call upon the GLC leadership to investigate and announce the names of the individuals behind the incitement," Nasrallah said.

Nasrallah denied that Hizbullah is in charge of security in the southern suburbs, saying: "Party members only secure the main resistance positions and protect the leaderships' residences from likely attacks by enemy forces or collaborators."

He said Hizbullah takes private security measures under legal license.

"We have to stay alert as we cannot risk car bombs and assassination attempts," he said.





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