Jumblat: Syrian Intelligence Seeking Army-Refugees Clash
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Monday rejected calls for demos in support of the refugees, and pointed out that the Syrian Intelligence might be seeking to initiate clashes between the Lebanese Army and the Syrian refugees.
“No to demos on the issue of refugees. No to the 1975-67 (war) past experience that has devastated and divided the country. Yes to distinction between terror and Syrian refugees,” said Jumblat in a tweet.
A Facebook page called The Union of Syrian People in Lebanon had initially posted on Sunday a call for a Saturday demo before postponing the event to Tuesday.
The invitation said: “Independent Syrian and Lebanese activists and civil society groups are organizing a sit-in in solidarity with the Syrian refugees on Saturday, July 15 at Beirut's Samir Qassir Square.”
The PSP leader added: “There is the terror of the Islamic State group and the extremist organizations. Who said the Syrian Intelligence is innocent. It may be seeking an indiscriminate clash between the (Lebanese) Army and the refugees.
“Let the (Lebanese) army do its job away from incitements,” he emphasized.
Some Lebanese politicians have urged the interior ministry to ban the protest.
They fear the demos might trigger clashes and aggravate to develop into a crisis similar to the 1975 war.
MP Wiam Wahhab said the Ministry should ban the demo of the “Syrian regime opponents” and urged “all Lebanese to rally” on the same day “in support of the Lebanese army in the face of terrorism.”
The calls for rival demos at the same place and time by a number of Syrian and Lebanese groups and threats of violence from some parties have sparked concerns that the Samir Qassir Square in central Beirut could witness a Syrian-Lebanese clash on Tuesday.