Has Hariri lost control over Sunni community in Lebanon?
BEIRUT - The Future Movement took special security measures Thursday to protect its offices in North Lebanon after a video was released of alleged Sunni gunmen threatening party leader Saad Hariri.
The party coordinated with the security agencies in North Lebanon “to protect the security of its headquarters,” according to a Future bloc MP.
“Those who made the threats are part of a dirty gang who accepts bribes from anyone and attack those who do not pay them,” the MP said.
The lawmaker’s remarks came a day after purported gunmen from Tripoli’s Bab al-Tebbaneh lambasted Hariri, who they said deceived the Sunnis and Tripoli itself.
“You betrayed the blood of Lebanon’s martyrs, most importantly your father Rafiq Hariri,” a masked man carrying a machine gun and surrounded by three others said in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday.
He also threatened to burn all the party’s political offices in the port city as a sign of fury against Hariri’s stances and statements.
However, the supporters of Rafiq Hariri in Bab al-Tebbaneh, Tripoli, the North and all of Lebanon issued a statement later in the day to voice their opposition to the remarks made in the video.