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Amal supporters accused of disrupting launch of opposition ticket in Sarafand

Amal supporters accused of disrupting launch of opposition ticket in Sarafand

A road in Sarafand, Sour, that Amal Movement supporters reportedly blocked Saturday to disrupt a conference launching the opposition “Together for Change” list, contending in South III. (Al-Jadeed Twitter screen grab)

BEIRUT — Amal Movement supporters have been accused of blocking a road in Sarafand, Sour, Al-Jadeed reported Saturday, with the aim of disrupting a conference launching the opposition “Together for Change” list, contesting legislative elections in South III.

Here’s what we know:

•  “Together for Change” candidate Sarah Sweidan said that she and “five buses filled with the list’s supporters” were prevented from reaching the event after the “the road was blocked with tires.”

•  “We’ve seen opposition lists launched across Lebanon and none of them were interrupted,” she continued, “our members were locked inside the [hall hosting the launch], beaten, and had their phones taken to prevent them from contacting the media.” The candidate noted that, though they had “contacted security forces, they’ve yet to mobilize.”

•  Another candidate on the list, Hatem Halawi, said that he was prevented from reaching the event after “armed men waving Amal flags pelted his car with rocks.”

•  A third candidate described the incident as being “initially just a roadblock, which escalated to verbal assaults, then to banging on cars, throwing rocks and attacking people who were on foot.”

•  A member of the public en route to the launch told L’Orient Today that the men disrupting the event had declared, “This is the land of Berri,” a reference to Amal Movement head and Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri.

•  Amal’s press office has denied any involvement in the incident.


BEIRUT — Amal Movement supporters have been accused of blocking a road in Sarafand, Sour, Al-Jadeed reported Saturday, with the aim of disrupting a conference launching the opposition “Together for Change” list, contesting legislative elections in South III.Here’s what we know:•  “Together for Change” candidate Sarah Sweidan said that she and “five buses filled with the...