Protesters brandish posters of detained Salafi Sheikh Assem al-Arifi, outside Zaatari Mosque in Sidon, denouncing his alleged beating by prison security. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The family of Sheikh Assem al-Arifi, who is being held on charges of involvement in clashes between the Army and followers of controversial Salafi Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir, staged a sit-in Friday to protest against his alleged beating at the hands of prison guards.Sheikh Khaled al-Arifi, a relative of the prisoner and member of the Committee of Muslim Scholars, called for a thorough investigation to identify and punish the culprits and demanded authorities speed up the trial of all detainees in relation to the clashes in Abra, near Sidon.Armed followers of Salafi Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir, an outspoken opponent of Hezbollah, battled with the Army for a few days in Abra in June last year.
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