Icy Standoff on the Slopes of Mount Lebanon

Photo blog by Alia Haju

Scores of residents of the popular Lebanese skiing area of Kfardebian blocked a convoy Thursday led by prominent Salafi cleric, Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir and his supporters, who were headed to a ski resort.

Farid Haykal al-Khazen, a member of Parliament from the area, defended the protesters' actions against the Salafis, dismissing Assir's trip as a "political show."

"Assir is welcome in the area by himself, or with his family, but not for political posturing," Khazen told Lebanese news channel MTV from the site of the protest.

Vice President of the opposition Kataeb party accused Assir of "provoking strife" in the area by bringing with him "500 partisans."

The motorcade of around 400 people was allowed to pass nearly four hours later, after Interior Minister Marwan Charbel called on protesters to clear the way and security forces were deployed to the area.

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Comments

Nice photos and very impressive......
The contrast between white snow and black dress represent a theme in itself....
Lebanon mountain s white but the new wave is black represent black future should this wave persisted....
God save Lebanon ... through secular state ... Secterial beliefs are black and reflect black future...

Civil state is the way out.. Let's work for it

Zahi

You forgetting your mullahs in Iran, the "secular" Assad regime wouldn't be alive were it not for Iran. You can join Nabil al-Fayyadh and Haytham al-Manna in Iraq after Bashar falls.

Throughout the Islamic world, these neo-Salafis pose a danger to every society they are in. It's time for a new strategy. Send them all to one place and let them hold rallies, sit-ins, and make speeches. There they can impose strict Islamic law and have contests as to whose beard is longer and compare the brown spots on their foreheads to see who is more pious.

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