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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A sit-in by Tripoli residents urging the release of relatives detained over involvement in clashes was dismantled overnight Sunday after promises from officials that the men will be released soon.Residents have carried out protests throughout the week, blocking roads leading to the Abu Ali roundabout with rocks, trashcans and tires, urging the release of relatives detained over involvement in Tripoli clashes.The Lebanese Army had 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. Friday, Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda requested the death penalty Friday for the fugitive Rifaat Ali Eid, head of the Arab Democratic Party's politburo, and five fighters from Jabal Mohsen, Tripoli.
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