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Beaten, bruised, stripped half-naked and paraded for three kilometres with a rope around his neck: this was the pubic humiliation suffered by a Syrian Alawite in a Sunni neighbourhood of Tripoli, Lebanon, on Monday afternoon. His tormentors accused him of having links to the Syrian regime.
The man was attacked while he was at the Dahab souk, an open air market in Tripoli, Lebanon’s second-largest city, located near the border with Syria. The market is known to be a meeting place for the city’s Sunni Salafists. According to our Observers in Tripoli, the men who captured him believed he carried documentation indicating that he belonged to the Syrian secret service. The man was stripped naked by his captors, who wrote on his torso: “I am an Alawite shabiha”. “Shabiha” is the name given to armed regime supporters in Syria. After violently beating the man and parading him half-naked through the streets, his captors handed him over to military intelligence officers, who then interrogated and released him.
WARNING: This video may shock viewers.
Video showing the victim being paraded around the streets of Tripoli by his captors. This video was widely relayed on Lebanese TV stations.
Eighty percent of Tripoli’s population are Sunnis, who are predominantly opposed to Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Al-Asaad himself is Alawite, which is a branch of Shiism. However, the city also includes Jabal Mohsen, an Alawite neighbourhood that supports the Syrian president. Since May 2012, as the Syrian conflict has raged on, Tripoli has seen regular fighting between militia from Bab al-Tabbaneh, a neighbourhood that has aligned itself to the Syrian cause, and Alawite militia from Jabal Mohsen. For our Observer, Monday’s incident serves as a warning from Sunnis to Alawites who may be tempted to venture into certain parts of the city where they are not welcome.