BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun said Tuesday that no politician has the right to reserve a region for himself and no road should be blocked against a Lebanese. Responding to the Lebanese Forces’ rejection of his visit to the Monastery of Ilij in the northern district of Jbeil, Aoun said that the LF’s attitude serves “its political interests and uncovers their attitude with people.” “When we were having a Mass in Paris in 2005, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea was there and he was welcomed,” Aoun told reporters following his weekly meeting with the Change and Reform bloc in his residence in Rabieh. “The locking down of a church has not happened before, this is unacceptable and we hope that religious officials have a say in this,” said Aoun. Residents and supporters of the LF in Mayfouq made a human chain around the Church of Ilij in Jbeil over the weekend to bar Aoun from visiting the Church where martyrs of the LF who have died during the battles of 1990 are buried.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on October 03, 2012, on page 3.