The stance of Hizbullah and Amal Movement is “a righteous demand that serves the higher national interest as to security and stability and thwarts the strife scheme whose threads are American and is being implemented with domestic Lebanese tools,” sources close to the Shiite duo said.
“Some of these tools are judicial and not limited to Judge (Tarek) Bitar while the other tools are non-judicial,” the sources told al-Joumhouria newspaper in remarks published Friday.
“Had Cabinet on Tuesday taken the right measure by tasking the Justice Minister to do everything necessary to put an end to Judge Bitar’s violations, which are aimed at dragging the country into strife, what happened today would not have happened,” the sources added, referring to the deadly Tayyouneh clashes.
“We will not back down from our stance, especially after what happened, and the head of strife (Bitar) must be removed,” the sources went on to say.
The sources also said that what happened in Tayyouneh was “a new and edited version of the (1975) Ain al-Remmaneh bus incident.”
“Was it not for our wisdom, we would have descended into something much more dangerous,” the sources added.
The sources also called on President Michel Aoun to “pull us out of this inferno” after “all the details and circumstances have become clear to him.”
“Bitar is serving an agenda targeted against the country’s security and stability,” the sources added, addressing Aoun.