Lebanon army chief berates politicians after president calls to clear protests

Lebanon army chief berates politicians after president calls to clear protests

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IslamNews – Lebanon’s president told the army and security forces on Monday to clear roadblocks after a week of protests over a collapsing economy and paralysed government, but the army chief warned that troops should not get sucked into the political deadlock, As Reuters reported.

President Michel Aoun issued the call to open up the roads across the country after a meeting with top officials while the army’s top commander held a separate meeting with military commanders at which he stressed the right to peaceful protest.

Army chief General Joseph Aoun also berated Lebanon’s sectarian-based politicians for their handling of the crisis, warning of an unstable security situation.

One political source said tension between the president and army commander grew after the request to clear roads.

But there have not been reports of violent confrontations between the security, army and protesters during the week.

General Aoun on Monday warned against pulling the army into political bickering.

“The fragmentation of the army means the end of the entity, this is impossible to let happen. The army is holding together and the experience of ‘75 will not be repeated,” he said.

President Michel Aoun issued the call to open up the roads across the country after a meeting with top officials while the army’s top commander held a separate meeting with military commanders at which he stressed the right to peaceful protest.

Army chief General Joseph Aoun also berated Lebanon’s sectarian-based politicians for their handling of the crisis, warning of an unstable security situation.

One political source said tension between the president and army commander grew after the request to clear roads.

But there have not been reports of violent confrontations between the security, army and protesters during the week.

General Aoun on Monday warned against pulling the army into political bickering.

“The fragmentation of the army means the end of the entity, this is impossible to let happen. The army is holding together and the experience of ‘75 will not be repeated,” he said.

Source: Reuters