- Title: Lebanese protesters criticise Nasrallah's speech as supporters rally
- Date: 25th October 2019
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER, SAMER ABDALLAH, SAYING: "Sayyed's speech doesn't meet the demands and the aspirations of the protesters. Hezbollah is part of this government, whether they are a participant or silent about corruption. People came down to say that they want the government to fall, they want better authorities, they want a better country. We have very big aspirations and hopes, we were going to hate our country but now we love it. We don't want anyone to steal this dream that is being reborn, and we will go on." KFARKILA, LEBANON (OCTOBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS) CARS AND MOTORBIKES IN CONVOY WAVING HEZBOLLAH FLAGS SOLDIERS STANDING CARS DRIVING, PEOPLE WAVING HEZBOLLAH FLAGS (NIGHT SHOTS) GIRLS WAVING, CARS DRIVING WITH HEZBOLLAH FLAGS VARIOUS OF CARS DRIVING WITH HEZBOLLAH FLAGS PROTESTERS ON MOTORBIKES WAVING HEZBOLLAH FLAG AND CHANTING (Arabic): 'Nasrallah comes after God'
- Embargoed: 8th November 2019 18:39
- Keywords: revolution Nasrallah chaos rally Hezbollah civil unrest protesters lebanon supporters
- Location: BEIRUT AND KFARKILA, LEBANON
- City: BEIRUT AND KFARKILA, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA003B2LJQYV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Several protesters in Beirut disregarded a speech by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warning of a power vacuum that could tip the country into civil war, while supporters of the movement gathered in the south of the country on Friday (October 25).
Nasrallah, whose Hezbollah group is part of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's coalition government, urged his followers to stay away from the protests after they clashed with demonstrators in Beirut.
Demonstrators in Beirut dismissed the move from Nasrallah, with one saying the Hezbollah leader was trying to get protesters off the streets by instilling fear.
Supporters of Hezbollah gathered in the south of the country to stage a rally on wheels, waving flags from their vehicles in large convoys.
The heavily armed Shi'ite group is widely seen as the most powerful player in Lebanon and is part of an Iranian-led regional alliance that is in conflict with U.S.-allied Gulf Arab states that have political allies in the country.
Lebanon has been swept by more than a week of nationwide protests against a political elite accused of corruption, mismanagement of the state finances and leading the country toward an economic collapse unseen since the 1975-90 civil war.
(Production: Karamallah Daher, Issam Abdallah, Imad Creidi, Aiden Nulty)
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