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Families of Islamist detainees demand amnesty

Families of Islamist detainees protesting for general amnesty in Sidon on Feb. 2, 2018 (The Daily Star/Mohammad Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: Families of detained Islamists renewed their demands that their families members be included in a general amnesty Friday.

"All we demand is a general amnesty," cried one protester in the southern city of Sidon.

The demonstrators, mostly women, and children set out to al-Bizri mosque after Friday prayers, holding photographs of the detainees.

A sit-in preceded the protest, where the mother of one of the detainees spoke. "We have been demanding amnesty for our children for more than a year" Um Omar al-Barakat told the crowd, "the matter is coming soon, and it's not in our favor."

Last month, Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter said the Amal Movement was working to secure a general amnesty for those convicted of nonviolent crimes. Families of Islamist detainees have protested multiple times across Lebanon, asking for their family members to be included in the bill.

 

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