Lebanese president urges arrest of violent protesters

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-15 19:47:28|Editor: huaxia

BEIRUT, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Monday urged security forces to arrest protesters who attempt to destroy public properties and attack security forces.

"The recent actions have a sectarian dimension. We will not accept such practices again," Aoun said during a meeting with the Higher Defense Council, according to a statement by his office.

Also at the meeting, Prime Minister Hassan Diab agreed that violent protests in the past days have disrupted the civil peace, security and stability.

"What has happened is very dangerous and it is no longer acceptable," he said.

Diab previously accused Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri of launching a campaign against the sitting government which took people back to streets.

"The current campaign caused a major crisis that pushed people onto the streets in order to prevent the cabinet from implementing its decisions to expose corruption," Diab said.

Nationwide demonstrations against the dire living conditions in Lebanon resumed on Friday evening.

Protesters set on fire Azarieh Building, a famous office building in the downtown of the capital Beirut. Enditem