Lebanon’s Army Releases LBCI Workers, Ends Station Occupation

Published March 17th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The Lebanese army released nine employees at the Lebanese Broadcast Corporation International (LBCI), and withdrew its personnel from the station’s building, reported the Daily Star newspaper.  

Political sources said the standoff ended with a compromise solution between the station’s management and supporters of Deputy Premier Issam Fares and Health Minister Suleiman Franjieh, who are LBCI shareholders.  

The source said that under the agreement, Baalbek-Hermel MP Nader Sukkar would be one of several supervisors of the station’s political programs, said the paper.  

Station chairman Pierre Daher had objected to Fares and Franjieh’s insistence that Sukkar or anyone else play such a role.  

On Monday, troops deployed in and around the LBCI building after scuffles broke out between supporters of the two sides following a court decision that went Daher’s way.  

The dispute erupted after Daher tried to fire security guards appointed by Franjieh.  

Before the employees were released, students at the Lebanese American University staged a sit-in to protest their continued detention, the paper added.  

Students later issued a statement condemning what they called “irresponsible conduct on the part of the authorities.” – Albawaba.com  



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