Report: Fears in Lebanon that Hezbollah trying to hijack social protests to overthrow government

Political sources in Lebanon claimed Monday that the “You Stink” protest movement, which originated on social media and has mobilized around the government’s failure to deal with collecting trash, has been hijacked by Hezbollah in an attempt to seize power in the country.

The sources told London-based newspaper Al-Arab that “Hezbollah is using the trash crisis to topple the government of [Prime Minister] Tammam Salam and to create a power vacuum amid the Parliament’s failure to choose a new president who is acceptable to everyone.”

In the Lebanese media as well, there are claims that the Shi’ite faction, Amal, which is identified in Parliament with Hezbollah, is acting to disturb the public order. The reports claim that these activists clashed with security forces that guard the prime minister’s headquarters in Beirut.

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