Nine Followers of Outlawed Lebanese Christian Militia Detained

Published September 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Nine followers of the outlawed Christian Lebanese Forces militia were detained for questioning after a ceremony last week turned into a demonstration, a former LF official said Tuesday. 

"Nine people were detained and one of them, Salman Samaha, who is the students' representative, was released today and went to visit the patriarch" Nasrallah Sfeir, head of the Maronite Catholic church, Toufic Hindi told AFP. 

"We have reached an agreement with the authorities for ending such arrests and the remainder are also due to be released," said Hindi, the former political advisor of the jailed leader of the banned militia, Samir Geagea. 

Hindi said their detention was linked to last Sunday's in Maifouq, 75 kilometers (45 miles) northeast of Beirut, in memory of 170 LF members who died in the 1975-90 civil war. 

During the gathering, demonstrators called for Geagea's release and shouted slogans against Syria, which has unrivalled influence over Lebanon and 35,OOO troops deployed here. 

It was the second time in less than four days that LF supporters have held open demonstrations after six years of systematic repression. 

On September 14, thousands of demonstrators rallied in Ashrafiyeh, a Christian neighborhood in Beirut, on the 18th anniversary of the assassination of president-elect Bashir Gemayel, head of the Lebanese Forces during the civil war – BEIRUT (AFP) 



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