As for the state of emergency, the Lebanese Army will continue to have complete control over the capital. Civilians arrested during protests, for example, would be tried in the military court – expediently and without legal representation.
Speculations are also dwelling that the purpose of the extension is to control the protests of the people, who have been furious at the neglect of the state that caused the explosion of the port and the mass murder and massive destruction that resulted.
In fact, the people have called for a protest at the presidential palace in Baabda, on August 18th.
Although Baabda is not under Beirut’s jurisdiction, fear is there that the army will intervene as well.
Whatever the case, the military will have control of all security and legal matters in Beirut. It will have the right, for a whole month, to take action against anyone deemed a security threat.