Lebanon protests stir clash of priorities between Hezbollah and its base

Al-Monitor | : In the middle of Riad Solh square downtown Beirut, a young woman stands watching thousands of her fellow Lebanese calling for the resignation of the government and raises a small placard that reads “I’m financed by the embassy of Hela Hela Hela Ho-stan, who’s financing you?”

“Hela hela hela ho!” is a chant used by the protesters.

The young woman was responding to the speech of Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, who accused some groups of protesters of being financed by foreign embassies in a televised speech Oct. 25. “There are groups in the popular movement that are associated with foreign embassies. There are those who are looking for political revenge and settling of accounts. I have the names of all these groups.”

His speech was his second announcement since the beginning of the protests Oct. 17 that he opposes the resignation of the president, the government and the parliament; he asked the protesters to choose their representatives and leadership and set their demands and negotiate. He added, “If you want early parliamentary polls, elect your representatives and agree on an electoral law and we will back you unconditionally.”

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