Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, Lebanon’s top Christian cleric, said today (Sunday) that no party in the country should resort to threats or violence, after the worst violence the country has witnessed in more of a decade.
Seven people were killed as crowds marched to protest Judge Tariq Bitar, the judicial investigator in the Beirut port blast case, at a rally called by Hezbollah and its ally, the Amal Movement.
The patriarch added in his homily today (Sunday) that “no one is superior to the law and the judiciary,” according to Reuters news agency.
In a related context, the Lebanese army said yesterday (Saturday) that a soldier suspected of firing on protesters during the clashes in Beirut on Thursday is being investigated under the supervision of the competent judiciary, Reuters news agency reported.
And the Lebanese army said in a statement: “Video clips posted on social media show a soldier firing on protesters during clashes that erupted two days ago in the Tayouneh area.” He added: “It is important for the army leadership to make it clear that the shooter is under investigation under the supervision of the competent judiciary.”