Worried Lebanese

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Analysing an assassination – the setting

Posted by worriedlebanese on 21/11/2006

Pierre GemayelPierre Gemayel fell earlier today into a well-coordinated attack: One vehicle cut off his car from the front, another rammed him from behind, then gunmen burst out and sprayed a dozen bullets into his driver-side window, killing him and one of his bodygards, Samir Chartouni.

The young  Minister of Industry was driving back from a funeral he had attended in Jdeideh. He had been accomplishing his ‘social duties’ as a any traditionnal lebanese politician by visiting their constituency on socially important occasions (baptism, mariage, funeral, commemoration). Earlier that day, he had  attended a wreath-laying ceremony in his hometown, infront of a Mausoleum-like monument built for his Grandfather and namesake by the Kataeb Party, controled by his father, former president Amine Gemayel.

The slaying set off small outbursts of emotions and calls for revenge. Bands of young Christians broke car windows and burned tires and garbage cans in the eastern neighbourhoods of Beirut and its suburbs. The former president, and father of the assassinated politician joined other politicians in their calls for calm. The Lebanese army quickly stopped the unrest and set up checkpoints to prevent urther demonstrations.

On national TV, Lebanese journalists and politicians started analysing the assassination. And having no information yet on the identity of the killers started speculating on their identity and intentions.

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