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Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda rejected release requests submitted by the lawyers of five detained protesters over last week's standoff with police in Downtown Beirut, prompting angry demonstrators to block the road outside the Military Tribunal in Beirut's Mathaf area.Ajwad Ayache, an activist with the Close Naameh Landfill campaign who has also been active with other civil society movements, urged other protesters to reopen the road.Hezbollah bloc MP Kamel Rifai then stepped out of the car, urging protesters to open the road, claiming he was "a former lawmaker".However, the protesters quickly caught on to his lie and continued blocking his car. The Military Tribunal had on Monday ordered the release of six protesters who were accused of vandalism and assaulting policemen during an anti-government demonstration last week, but kept five others in custody.Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr Saturday charged 30 protesters with assaulting police, vandalizing public and private property and rioting.A female activist told Al-Jadeed that she was among the 19 protesters wanted on charges of disturbance and riots.
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