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Any requests to protest will be denied: Machnouk

File - Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Friday, July 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Sunday banned everyone from holding any type of protest, saying the request would be denied.

In a series of Tweets, Machnouk said “after discussing [recent developments] with the concerned security forces, we decided to decline any requests, from anyone, to hold a protest, in order to preserve security and civil peace.”

“The Army, which follows decisions made by the Cabinet, is a national institution for all Lebanese people, responsible for protecting Lebanon and all those living on its lands,” the Interior Minister stated.

“On the other hand, we hope to accelerate the investigation into the death of the four Syrian refugees,” Machnouk said, referring to Syrian refugees who died in Army custody following a military operation in Arsal in late June.





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