Middle East

Oct 22, 2012

Clashes erupt at funeral of Lebanon’s security chief

Violence swept through the crowd of thousands who mourned Brigadier-General Wissam Al-Hassan, writes Australian freelancer Scott Mitchell in Beirut.

Lebanon buried the nation’s chief of intelligence of the Internal Security Forces yesterday, as mourning turned to violence that threatened to bring Syria’s civil conflict across the border onto the country’s streets.

The service drew tens of thousands to Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square, but degenerated into violence after former prime minister Fouad Siniora called on the crowd to force the pro-Syrian regime government, which includes Hezbollah, from office. He branded it “the government of assassination” and whispers swept through the crowd the protest would turn into an attempt at storming the parliament.

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