Berri supporters protest in front of UNESCO in Beirut, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Supporters of Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday rallied for the third consecutive day across Lebanon as officials called for dialogue to calm a feud with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil that has spilled onto the streets.The protests Monday were in reaction to a leaked video in which Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is seen calling Berri a "thug," during a meet with supporters of his Free Patriotic Movement.Berri's supporters are calling for a public apology, while MP Ali Bazzi, a member of Amal's bloc, said Bassil owed an apology to the Lebanese people.Bassil's "thug" remark was the tip of the iceberg of long-simmering tensions between the FPM and the Amal Movement that has its roots in Berri's staunch opposition to the election of Michel Aoun as president in 2016 .
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