Activists block a road outside the military court to demand the release of their comrades Waref Sleiman and Pierre Hashash, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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About 200 people protested near the Military Tribunal in Beirut Friday evening to denounce a decision not to release two prominent activists arrested during an anti-government rally last week.The You Stink movement and its offshoot We Want Accountability joined other civil society groups in calling for the protest to demand the release of Pierre Hashash and Waref Sleiman.Most were released in the days following the protest, but five had remained in custody until Friday when Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda ordered the release of three, leaving Hashash and Sleiman behind bars.The attempted self immolation occured after protesters blocked the road outside the court in the afternoon for half an hour after Abu Ghayda's decision was anounced.The three protesters released Friday were Hussein Ibrahim, Rami Mahfouz and Fayez Yassine, setting the bail amount at LL100,000 ($66), a judicial source told The Daily Star.
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