Amnesty International has made the astonishing claim that most of the Syrians accused of involvement in the Beirut riots weren’t even in Beirut at the time of the attacks.
It explains the high number of Syrians arrested (138 out of 400). Anti-Syrian politicians – Walid Jumblatt in particular – pointed to the arrests of Syrians as proof that the Syrian government had a hand in the violence. Although Samir Jaja did say that Jumblatt was being too quick to point fingers.
LEBANESE POLICE TORTURING SYRIANS
More disturbingly, Amnesty have evidence that the Syrians arrested are being beaten in the hope that they will ‘confess’. Amnesty also point out that they have been denied access to lawyers.
Amnesty give the example of 42 of the prisoners – officers from the feared Internal Security Forces went to an apartment block in Tariq Jdeide while the demonstrations were still taking place and rounded up every man with a Syrian ID card.
The news comes on the same day that the Lebanese government was presented with a list of Syrians who have been missing since the Civil War. Most of them are feared to be dead, or are still in Lebanese jails.
Yet more evidence that Lebanon is blaming others for its own divisions – even if that means torturing innocent people and rounding up poor workers simply because of their race.