Scuffles erupt in Beirut's second district ahead of elections

The latest attack comes two after a similar incident occurred in the neighborhood of Tarik El Jdide in Beirut, when a number of assailants attempted to storm the office of MP hopeful Mohammed Al-Qadi.
by Annahar Staff

16 April 2018 | 19:23

Source: by Annahar

  • by Annahar Staff
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 16 April 2018 | 19:23

This undated photo shows a protester standing in front members of Lebanon's Internal Security Forces (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: MP hopeful Nabil Badr accused supporters of the Future Movement (FM) Monday of breaking into his campaign office in Caracas, Beirut, telling Annahar "whats extremely disappointing is members of the Internal Security Forces who sat idle while the assault was ongoing." 

Badr, who is running under the ‘Beirut Al Watan’ list in Beirut’s second district, said that “dozens and dozens of FM supporters stormed our campaign office, threatening our associates and demanding that we take down our adverts.” 

Meanwhile, a Future Movement source laid the blame at the feet of Badr, telling Annahar that “supporters of Bader assaulted the 65-year-old owner of the building housing his campaign office.” 

“A large group of Badr supporters assaulted Ahmad Khaled who owns the building after he complained about the noise his supporters were making until the late hours of the night.” 

This attack comes two after a similar incident occurred in the neighborhood of Tarik El Jdide in Beirut last week, when a number of assailants attempted to storm the office of MP hopeful Mohammed Al-Qadi. 

Al-Qadi is an attorney running under the ‘Karamat Beirut’ list in Beirut’s second district. 

According to a statement released by ‘Karamat Beirut’, a number of FM affiliates vandalized his property before an unknown individual fired shots at the building while Qadi and fellow MP hopeful Raja al-Zuhairi sought refuge within the premises. 

Lebanon is gearing up to hold its first parliamentary elections since 2009 on May 6, with a fierce electoral battle expected to take place in Beirut's second district. 


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