Protesters block a road in Tripoli to demand the release of a militia leader from Roumieh prison, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi urged Tripoli residents to show self-restraint Saturday, arguing that political groups were manipulating the protests in order to immerse the northern city in a ring of violence.The Lebanese Army issued an ultimatum Saturday, warning Bab al-Tabbaneh residents that if they did not open the roads by 5 p.m., it would have to do so by force. Rifi condemned blocking roads during protests, saying that local political and security forces had manipulated the just cause protesters were rallying for to settle personal political scores.Clashes erupted between protesters in Sunni-dominated Bab al-Tabbaneh and the Lebanese Army earlier Saturday, after security forces tried to open roads leading to the Abu Ali roundabout.
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