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Man charged with sectarian incitement, threatening civil peace.

Summary: Beirut Investigative Judge Wael Sadeq Friday charged Samer al-Saidawi for sectarian incitement and threatening civil peace.

BEIRUT: Beirut Investigative Judge Wael Sadeq Friday charged Samer al-Saidawi for sectarian incitement and threatening civil peace after a video was previously circulated on social media showing him insulting the Shiite sect, the state-run National News Agency reported.

In December, dozens of residents of a Shiite-majority Beirut neighborhood, Al-Khandaq al-Ghamiq, attacked Downtown Beirut, smashing windows, setting cars alight and hurling rocks and firecrackers at police.

According to the Lebanese Red Cross and Civil Defense, 27 people were taken to hospital and another 88 were treated for injuries on the scene.

The video that appeared to trigger the violence was filmed by Saidawi, originally from Tripoli. He hurled crude insults at the Shiite sect, its religious leaders and political figures, including Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Hezbollah head Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.

The incident was widely condemned by both Shiite and Sunni religious leaders, who came together in Beirut the following day to decry sectarian rhetoric.

Sadeq's charges have been referred to the judiciary for further investigation.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Geographic Code:7LEBA
Date:Feb 7, 2020
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