Lebanese, including Human Rights Watch researcher Aya Majzoub, saw this as a grave injustice towards the people who were merely protesting the deteriorating situation in the country.
“In this regime, they see every Shiite dissenter as a [Israeli] collaborator and every Sunni dissenter as a terrorist,” said the lawyer Ayman Raad.
This led to the hashtag ‘ايدك عن طرابلس’ (Get your hand off Tripoli) to begin trending on Twitter.
A number of demonstrators held a sit-in at the house of Judge Fadi Akiki, who charged the Tripoli protesters with terrorism, calling him the terrorist instead.
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