Beirut – “Al-Quds Al-Arabi”: One day after the head of the Lebanese Forces Party, Samir Geagea, was notified to come to the Intelligence Directorate of the Lebanese Army to hear his testimony about the events of Tayouneh – Ain Al-Remmaneh, and hours before the scheduled date on Wednesday, a large protest movement was recorded on the communication sites. The social worker refuses to return Geagea to the Ministry of Defense, where he was detained for 11 years, and to repeat the 1994 scenario.
Supporters of the forces fear that the decision to summon Geagea will be an “ambush” on the same path that he took after the events of February 14, 1989 with General Michel Aoun’s forces when he was on his way to Baabda Palace, where his escort at the time, Samir Wadih, was killed, and two young men were wounded. The argument was that the shooting was carried out by undisciplined elements.
What reinforces the fear of the forces’ supporters is what they call “the collusion of a corrupt authority with criminals to tighten the grip of the Iranian occupation on Lebanon,” and that the unionist in the “Amal Movement” Bassam Tlais announced that Wednesday was a “day of anger” punctuated by a strike and road blocking in protest against the high prices of gasoline and oil derivatives. At a time when the date for calling Geagea was publicly set, despite all the security considerations surrounding him. They were surprised by the “attempt to install new files and fabrications, similar to what happened during the time of the Lebanese-Syrian security regime,” and one of the activists wrote: “There is an attempt today to bring back the time of Jamil Sayyid and Judge Adnan Addom, and our message is clear to everyone: We will not be afraid, we will not retreat, we will not give up The confrontation with this authority continues, zero fear.”
Many also deplored the policy of double standards, as Geagea was notified without the notification of the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah. Thirteen young men from Ain al-Remmaneh were arrested in exchange for only 3 people from the Shiite duo out of hundreds of gunmen who appeared in videos. Some of them published pictures of a large crowd at a celebration of the Lebanese Forces, attached to the comment, “Summon us all.” They also published a summons paper on the “Regar” cover on one of the roads, attached to the comment: “Summon Nasrallah before us,” in reference to Nasrallah’s hiding underground.
After activists in the March 14 forces criticized the Sunni and Druze leaders for their silence and for not keeping pace with what they called “the free” in the Sunni and Druze streets, and the positions of Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros al-Ra’i, rejecting the “arbitrary” accusations and fabricating files, the head of the “Future Movement” Saad Hariri came out. On his silence, he tweeted, via his Twitter account, saying: “Our absence from the repercussions of the Tayouneh incident was deliberate, because we refuse to engage in an absurd conflict, line up on the lines of the civil war and its sectarian divisions, and return to the language of security sniping and seizing political opportunities.”
He believed that “the announcement of Dr. Samir Geagea’s notification to appear before the Intelligence Directorate also falls under the rubric of absurdity and calls the country to more division and the employment of state administrations in the service of revenge policies.” And he concluded: “What is required is to inform all concerned, orally or by word, of the necessity to appear before the requirements of the national interest and not to neglect the remaining elements of civil peace.”
In a public stance for the head of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, on Twitter, he said: “In order to achieve a transparent and just investigation, for a comprehensive justice away from selectivity, and in order to give some hope to the citizen who has nothing to do with the struggle of local axes, it is better to arrest all those who fired Fire in the Tayouneh incident indiscriminately, and stop this futile and destructive political debate.”
For his part, the head of the Lebanese Kataeb Party, the resigned MP Sami Gemayel, who is currently in the United States of America, announced that “it is difficult, after what the Secretary-General of Hezbollah and his assistant, Wafiq Safa, said of a direct threat to Judge Tariq Bitar, and after the photos and videos that the Lebanese watched, Persuading any objective observer that what is happening again through the military judiciary, including the summoning of Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, is in fact a rejected attempt to create a bargaining chip to bury the investigation into the Beirut port issue. He said: “The Kataeb Party affirms that bartering with any issue, and in particular the issue of the port, is tantamount to bartering with the entire country. The brigades will continue to face such attempts and settlements at the expense of sovereignty, justice, freedoms and accountability with all their energies.
With regard to the military court, he recalled, “The Kataeb Party has repeatedly demanded the dissolution of this exceptional court, and submitted a proposal to amend the Military Judiciary Law and limit its powers to the military, due to the selectivity with which the military judiciary deals with civilians, its lack of respect for the conditions of prosecution and fair trial, and its directed summonses and arrests. The military judiciary is often the repressive arm of police regimes that the Lebanese have resisted and won every time.”
In turn, the head of the “Independence Movement”, resigned MP Michel Moawad, affirmed that “the summoning of the leader of the Lebanese Forces Party, Samir Geagea, without other leaders of the party and the movement, despite all the videos that the Lebanese watched, confirms that the real goal is to enlarge the size of the case, to try to make a trade-off between the investigations in Tayouneh and the investigations.” In the harbor crime,” he said, “This is what we will not remain silent about and insist on truth, justice and accountability, no matter how hard they try.”
Moawad added: “The insistence of the government commissioner, Fadi Akiki, to request that Dr. Samir Geagea be heard at the Investigation Branch in the Intelligence Directorate, despite the announcement that the investigations have ended and the referral of the file to the investigating judge, Fadi Sawan, confirms that the targeting is political and not judicial. We announce our refusal to use the military judiciary once again to settle political scores.”
Commenting on the new positions of the former leaders of March 14, former Minister May Chidiac tweeted: “Today some have woken up to the proverb that says: I ate the day the white bull ate! But anyway, okay… We are from our heart and with all nostalgia. Copied: It’s never too late.