A wave of sudden and unexpected support for Bashar Al-Assad ahead of the Syrian presidential elections has sparked confusion and anger across Lebanon.
On Thursday, Syrian refugees flocked to their embassy in Beirut to cast their votes for Bashar Al-Assad’s re-election, the Syrian ruler who is internationally deemed responsible for waging a war against his own people and causing the refugee crisis.
On their way to their embassy to vote, they were intercepted and attacked by angry Lebanese protesters in several parts of Lebanon, mainly in Zouk, Jounieh, Achrafieh, and Tripoli.
Prior to that, there were multiple rallies of support for Assad, which led the leader of the Lebanese Forces (LF) Samir Geagea to express that Syrians who vote for Assad should be sent back to Syria immediately because it would show that they were not threatened by the regime.
However, despite the public shows of Assad loyalists, not all Syrian nationals in Lebanon support Assad nor wish for his reelection.
On Friday, a group of Syrians in Akkar, the northernmost part of Lebanon bordering Syria, stood their ground and protested against the Syrian regime and those who voted for Assad in the Syrian presidential elections.