Hezbollah’s use of recent attack on protests is calculated risk - analysis

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Hezbollah’s use of recent attack on protests is calculated risk - analysis
Hezbollah members arrived quickly with arms to begin shooting at random buildings during the protest in Beirut.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
OCTOBER 21, 2021

Hezbollah has sought to capitalize on the killing of several people in Beirut last Thursday to try to mobilize anger against Samir Geagea, a Lebanese Christian leader. This leads to questions about what the Islamic group’s real plan is. Within a day of the attack, pro-Hezbollah social media was already labeling Geagea responsible, with various graphics comparing him to fascists and reminding Lebanese citizens of the civil war that pitted Christian fighters like Geagea against Muslims.

Why did Hezbollah latch onto this narrative so quickly? It appears it wants to exploit the chaotic scenes from last week and claim it knows who was shooting at the protests. However, the actual events are more unclear. A video emerged showing Lebanese soldiers shooting at least one civilian. Hezbollah members arrived quickly with arms to begin shooting at random buildings during the protest in Beirut. The protest was a Hezbollah provocation designed to remove a judge who was investigating an explosion last year in the Lebanese capital.

This means some supporters of Hezbollah may have been looking for an excuse to try to sideline or target Geagea. Why him? Because targeting a Christian leader who opposes Hezbollah is one way to divide the opposition in Lebanon.

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