Lebanon: Demonstrators gather outside US embassy to protest foreign interference

Protesters gathered outside the United States embassy in Beirut on Sunday, after former US ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey Feltman made remarks protesters saw as foreign interference in Lebanese affairs. Protesters can be seen chanting outside the embassy, holding signs and burning American flags. Speaking before the House Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism... Еще in Washington DC on Tuesday, Feltman said the mass protests which have been taking place across Lebanon since October «fortunately coincide with US interests.» «Messaging can make a difference as the Lebanese struggle to decide how to proceed beyond the home-grown protests. The trick for us is nuance. It would be unwise to interfere directly in Lebanese political decisions, which would make it too easy for [Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan] Nasrallah to cite credible examples in predictable attempts to discredit the protesters and their demands as US-directed,» he said. The ongoing anti-government protests, which started on October 17 and led Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign, are considered to be the largest public mobilization the country has seen since 2015.

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