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Nasrallah responsible for protester death: party head says

Hezbollah supporters clash with supporters of the Lebanese Option Party during a protest in front of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, June 9, 2013. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: Head of the Lebanese Option Party Ahmad al-Asaad blamed Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Sunday for the recent killing of an anti-Hezbollah protester outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut, and called for aid in finding the killer.

"Whether or not you gave a direct order to assassinate him, you are still responsible because the killer belongs to your party," Asaad said in comments directed at Nasrallah, published in the National News Agency.

Asaad said he had little hope for police investigations to find the killer and called for the person responsible to be turned in.

Hashem Salman, a 28-year-old student leader in the Lebanese Option Party, was killed and several other protesters were wounded during a demonstration June 9 outside the Iranian embassy in the Beirut neighborhood of Bir Hasan.

Hezbollah supporters, wearing black shirts and yellow ribbons around their arms and wielding batons, hit and shot at the protesters when they showed up for the scheduled protest near the embassy.

The demonstration was one of three rallies staged last Sunday to protest Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syria war.

Asaad called on whoever has information on Salman’s death to contact the Lebanese Option Party “because he who killed Hashem in this way will kill another in the same way."

 

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