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Sarba Highway blocked to protest re-arrest of officers


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Protesters blocked the main Jounieh-Sarba highway Monday to protest the rearrest of Army officers in the investigation of the killing of two Akkar sheikhs. They warned that they will not end the sit-in until the soldiers are released. The protest left thousands stranded in their cars for nearly two hours.

Protesters agreed to reopen roads after Lebanese Army commander thanked them for their support and urged them to end street closures.

Calling themselves friends of the Lebanese Army, protesters carried signs and banners and burned tires blocking both directions of the highway leading to Tripoli and Beirut and backing up traffic near a military barracks on the highway.

Protesters shouted their support for the Lebanese Army and rejection of what they see as a politicized investigation into the sheikhs’ killing.

There was a another protest supporting the officers in Akkar Monday, while the Free Patriotic Movement has called for a similar-minded protest Tuesday near the National Museum in Beirut.

Authorities detained 16 Lebanese soldiers and officers during the investigation of the killing of two Akkar sheikhs at a military checkpoint in May. Eleven of those detained were released on bail at the beginning of the month.

The investigative judge decided to rearrest the officers days ago after further investigations. The releases were opposed in Tripoli. Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2012/Jul-17/180862-highway-blocked-to-protest-re-arrest-of-officers.ashx#ixzz20rMKYzIG (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
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