Civil Defense volunteers block a road in Baalbek. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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"You are thieves, we would spit on you if we saw you," he said referring to officials he accused of blocking the decree in Cabinet.He also addressed Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and questioned his manhood, as he is yet to reveal who opposes the decree. Soon after the news broke that the Cabinet had failed to address the matter, the Beirut-Sidon coastal highway near Barja was blocked by angry volunteers.The Traffic Management Center reported that volunteers later cut the Saeb Salam Avenue (Corniche al-Mazraa) in Beirut, the road leading from Abbasieh to Tyre in the south, roads in Baalbek and the Beirut-Damascus highway both ways in the Mount Lebanon town of Falougha.Ironically, as the Cabinet yet again ignored the plight of the volunteers, the Italian battalion with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon bestowed equipment on Civil Defense groups.The Cabinet decree is necessary for a law to make the volunteers full-timers to become applicable.
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