Political tension rises as people take to the streets of the city of Tripoli, Lebanon

Published January 25th, 2011 - 15:16 GMT

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Protests erupted in Sunni regions across Lebanon on Monday as outgoing premier Saad Hariri's party accused the Shiite Hezbollah of staging a coup by imposing its candidate to head a new government.

Demonstrations broke out in various regions with a significant Sunni population where protesters burned tires and blocked major roads as they vented their anger, signalling future tensions and hostilities, at the likely appointment of billionaire Najib Mikati to replace Hariri, Lebanon's most popular Sunni leader.

 

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Supporters of the Future Movement torch the vehicle belonging to the Arabic language al-Jazeera satellite television station during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri in the Sunni bastion coastal city of Tripoli.
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Image 1 of 12:  1 / 12Supporters of the Future Movement torch the vehicle belonging to the Arabic language al-Jazeera satellite television station during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri in the Sunni bastion coastal city of Tripoli.

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A garbage skips is pushed along a street as supporters of the Future Movement gather in a neighborhood in the capital Beirut during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri.
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Image 2 of 12:  2 / 12A garbage skips is pushed along a street as supporters of the Future Movement gather in a neighborhood in the capital Beirut during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri.

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Garbage skips are set on fire.
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Image 3 of 12:  3 / 12Garbage skips are set on fire.

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Supporters of the Future Movement gather as they watch the torched vehicle belonging to the Arabic language al-Jazeera satellite television station.
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Image 4 of 12:  4 / 12Supporters of the Future Movement gather as they watch the torched vehicle belonging to the Arabic language al-Jazeera satellite television station.

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The Lebanese army are seen on the streets as supporters of the Future Movement burn tires in a neighborhood in the capital Beirut during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri.
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Image 5 of 12:  5 / 12The Lebanese army are seen on the streets as supporters of the Future Movement burn tires in a neighborhood in the capital Beirut during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri.

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A Lebanese army truck drives through burning tires.
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A Lebanese supporter of the Future Movement takes part in a protest in a neighborhood in the capital Beirut.
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Supporters of the Future Movement torch a poster of Lebanese MP Najib Mikati during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri in the Sunni bastion coastal city of Tripoli north of Beirut.
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Supporters of the Future Movement rip a poster of Lebanese MP Najib Mikati during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri.
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Holding up images of caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri (L) and his late father Rafiq (R) Lebanese supporters of the Future Movement.
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Supporters of the Future Movement rip a poster of Lebanese MP Najib Mikati.
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Supporters of the Future Movement torch the vehicle belonging to the Arabic language al-Jazeera satellite television station during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri in the Sunni bastion coastal city of Tripoli.

Image 1 of 12Supporters of the Future Movement torch the vehicle belonging to the Arabic language al-Jazeera satellite television station during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri in the Sunni bastion coastal city of Tripoli.

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A garbage skips is pushed along a street as supporters of the Future Movement gather in a neighborhood in the capital Beirut during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri.

Image 2 of 12A garbage skips is pushed along a street as supporters of the Future Movement gather in a neighborhood in the capital Beirut during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri.

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Garbage skips are set on fire.

Image 3 of 12Garbage skips are set on fire.

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Supporters of the Future Movement gather as they watch the torched vehicle belonging to the Arabic language al-Jazeera satellite television station.

Image 4 of 12Supporters of the Future Movement gather as they watch the torched vehicle belonging to the Arabic language al-Jazeera satellite television station.

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The Lebanese army are seen on the streets as supporters of the Future Movement burn tires in a neighborhood in the capital Beirut during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri.

Image 5 of 12The Lebanese army are seen on the streets as supporters of the Future Movement burn tires in a neighborhood in the capital Beirut during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri.

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A Lebanese army truck drives through burning tires.

Image 6 of 12A Lebanese army truck drives through burning tires.

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A Lebanese supporter of the Future Movement takes part in a protest in a neighborhood in the capital Beirut.

Image 7 of 12A Lebanese supporter of the Future Movement takes part in a protest in a neighborhood in the capital Beirut.

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Supporters of the Future Movement torch a poster of Lebanese MP Najib Mikati during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri in the Sunni bastion coastal city of Tripoli north of Beirut.

Image 8 of 12Supporters of the Future Movement torch a poster of Lebanese MP Najib Mikati during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri in the Sunni bastion coastal city of Tripoli north of Beirut.

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Supporters of the Future Movement rip a poster of Lebanese MP Najib Mikati during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri.

Image 9 of 12Supporters of the Future Movement rip a poster of Lebanese MP Najib Mikati during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri.

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Holding up images of caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri (L) and his late father Rafiq (R) Lebanese supporters of the Future Movement.

Image 10 of 12Holding up images of caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri (L) and his late father Rafiq (R) Lebanese supporters of the Future Movement.

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Supporters of the Future Movement rip a poster of Lebanese MP Najib Mikati.

Image 11 of 12Supporters of the Future Movement rip a poster of Lebanese MP Najib Mikati.

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A Lebanese soldier disperses burning tires set alight by supporters of the Future Movement.

Image 12 of 12A Lebanese soldier disperses burning tires set alight by supporters of the Future Movement.

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