Lebanese political forces condemned the cases of repression and aggression against demonstrators in the capital, Beirut, and also condemned the absence of security forces, and stressed that what is happening is sabotage and modifications distorting the popular uprising to achieve suspicious political goals.
During the popular protests that took place yesterday, Friday, youth supporters of Hezbollah and the Amal movement advanced to the center of Beirut, working to destroy and burn shops.
Lebanese Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Brigadier General Mohamed Fahmy, promised to pursue the aggressors, and wrote on Twitter: "As we have repeatedly stressed the protection of peaceful protesters and the suppression of rioters and infiltrators, the security forces will seek to prosecute those who destroy public and private properties in the heart of Beirut and refer them to the judiciary."
He added that "what Beirut witnessed yesterday, and a number of regions, of a reprehensible and reprehensible aggression, is reprehensible."
For his part, the Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic, Sheikh Abd al-Latif Drian, denounced what happened in the capital, and said in a statement: "What the saboteurs have done in Beirut, they should be pursued and arrested, and they are referred to the competent judiciary to be held accountable, punished, and a lesson to others."
And Drian held, "The Lebanese state is responsible for the riots, smashing and burning of commercial stores, including public and private properties, that should be the protector of people's property."
He added: "Dar Al-Fatwa calls on all officials in the state to do their duty, otherwise we enter into prohibited."
In a tweet on his Twitter account, former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said, "Those who organized and carried out the attacks of destruction, vandalism and arson in Beirut do not possess an iota of the goals and values of the revolution ... they are misguided groups that are drifting behind a cursed plot that seeks sedition and further collapse."
Al-Hariri directed to the "men and women of the revolution", saying: "These attacks aim to stir public opinion against popular movements and anticipate calls for gathering and sit-in ... Beware of infiltrators and your climbers to your demands."
He added, "For the people of government, the government, and motorcycle sponsors, we say: Beirut is not a stick for anyone ... Do not force people to protect their properties and provide for themselves themselves ... The responsibility is with you from the top of the pyramid to below, and we will not stand idly by to sabotage the capital."
During his tour to inspect the damage in central Beirut, Hariri stressed "the need for the Lebanese army and internal security forces to do a greater duty to protect the people of Beirut," noting that "we want the state and nothing else."
In turn, the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Tammam Salam, believes that the absence of authority and the performance of the forces charged with protecting the Lebanese raise question marks.
Salam considered that what happened yesterday "can only be understood as an attempt to strike the revolution and distort its goals, and to break Beirut’s thorn and insult the dignity of its people."
He said in a statement: "The Army of Radeba launched a new attack on Beirut, during which it seized public and private properties under unconvincing slogans that discredited suspected political targets."
He added: "Those who move the army of motorcycles on demand, play with fire and open the door of strife that does not remain nor abate."
He continued: "The complete absence of power from what happened yesterday, and the unconvincing performance of the forces charged with protecting the security of the Lebanese, their lives, and their property, raise many questions of question not only about the competence of those in charge of political responsibility, but also about the level of patriotism they have."
He stressed that "this performance unfortunately confirms that all of them are weaker than finding solutions to our economic and financial crisis and are incapable of establishing a country."
The Lebanese Member of Parliament, Nihad Al-Machnouk, commented in a series of tweets on Twitter, on the events that took place in Beirut on Friday night.
He wrote that "the alliance of motorcycle who suddenly recalls that he is poor and hungry, with direct instructions from his leadership, and with a specific destructive agenda and goals that have nothing to do with the revolution, neither from near nor from afar."
Al-Machnouk added, “When the people of Beirut went to the Martyrs Square to revolt, these haters beat them and insulted the girls and mothers, and insulted the holy sites ... These are not revolutionaries but vandals and haters,” stressing that Beirut has its men and has its word and whoever lives will see and hear.
In turn, the head of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, asked on Twitter: "Why is Beirut permitting a city of thought, convergence, music, literature and poetry?"
Likewise, the Lebanese MP, Muhammad Al-Hajjar, considered that the smashing of downtown Beirut is not related to the revolution, and he said via Twitter that the cracking, burning and vandalism that witnessed in the center of Beirut yesterday was certainly not from the revolution with anything, nor is it a result of starvation or oppression, but rather an invisible creation.
On Friday, central Beirut witnessed hit-and-run operations among the protesters, some of whom arrived on motorbikes.
Security forces fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, after a number of them tried to break and burn some stores in the area.
Some buildings were on fire and firefighters extinguished them.