A Christian Lebanese leader warned Saturday that Hezbollah would soon turn Lebanon into another version of the Gaza Strip if indeed it assumes political power in the country, trampling human rights and financial stability like Hamas.
Samir Geagea spoke in the wake of the recent overturning of the Lebanese government. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said Friday he would support Hezbollah's candidate for prime minister in a move that will work against caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
"The situation will be similar to that in Gaza, and we all know what the positions of the world and the Arabs will be, aside from Syria, regarding this government," the leader of the Lebanese Forces told a press conference.
"I ask those who rejoice in a government without Hariri, what of our financial situation? Who will invest a single lira in us? Does anyone think there will be investors in our economy?"
Geagea added that if Hezbollah seized control, personal liberties would be greatly jeopardized. "Our students will have no freedom, they will not be able to set foot outside the universities. We all know what kind of liberties these governments allow," he said.
The Christian leader said Hezbollah cared only about halting a probe against it on the murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. "Its only demand is that Saad Hariri stand up and say, 'I waive the international tribunal.' Can we accept this?" he asked.
Political turmoil hit Lebanon last week, when 11 Hezbollah ministers resigned from Hariri's government in a successful attempt at toppling it. The ministers were protesting the investigation against the group.
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