“This was a message to Alawites to warn them that anyone suspected of having links to the Syrian regime could suffer the same fate”
I wasn’t there when the man was paraded around, but I spoke to witnesses. At the market, a child heard him speak, recognised his Syrian accent and alerted adults. These Salafists then stopped him and asked for his identity papers. He had a Syrian ID card and a pass that allowed him to cross between the two countries, but surely not a Syrian secret service card, as people claim. If he really were a spy, he would never walk around with such papers on him!I believe this man had nothing to do with Assad’s regime; he was just Syrian. For me, there was no reason to arrest him. In Tripoli, Alawites work together with Sunnis every day in perfect harmony, apart from sporadic fighting related to the conflict in Syria. If you ask me, the aim of those who stopped and punished this man was simple: it was a way to send a message to Alawites to warn them that anyone suspected of having links to the Syrian regime could suffer the same fate.The fact that the police didn’t intervene when the man was seen beaten and paraded through the streets with a rope around his neck shows, once again, that the Lebanese state has failed to keep a lid on tensions on the streets of Tripoli.