More than a month later, the protest against the government, in Lebanon has reached a stalemate. But the rift between the protestors and Shiite militant groups seems to be increasing, putting the military and security forces in a dilemma.
The security forces and the military are trying their best to maintain peace and remain unbiased, unlike in Iraq. The forces are trying to protect the protestors and their freedom of speech, but they cannot afford a confrontation with the Hezbollah and Amal groups. The military is struggling with other problems of violence and roadblocks.
The Lebanese military is widely respected and supported for their unbiased attitudes and unifying efforts taken for the nation. They tend to maintain balance and coordination with the militant groups about security concerns. The forces have been successful till now in keeping the protest peaceful. But a few acts of violence have resulted in the death of six people as yet.
Hezbollah and Amal supporters are attacking the protestors and their camps to convey their support for Saad al-Hariri’s government. Saad al-Hariri, the Prime Minister had resigned from his duties last month. His resignation was however not approved by his allies Hezbollah and Amal. Hariri has denied the ally’s demands for him to form a new government with politicians and technocrats. According to Hariri, the new government should include experts that will solve the nation’s problems.
As the violence increases during the protests, UN has requested Lebanese actors to encourage the citizens to respect the right to peaceful protests. The UN also applauded the Lebanese forces for their efforts at maintaining peace as the violence has brought the divisions in the country to the front.
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