By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 10 July 2014:
Janzour Municipal Council, together with its Shoura Council, elders and local organisations, has complained . . .[restrict]at the lack of cooperation and consultation by the government over last weekend’s clashes in the area.
It has demanded the authorities set up an enquiry into why other security officers came into the area and started fighting with local forces. It also wants the return of six residents it says were seized by those forces, and compensation for the damage to property that occurred.
Janzour, the statement read, respects the government. However it contested the government’s version of events last weekend, which it blamed on Interior ministry forces terrorising the area with weapons “not commensurate” with the job of operating a checkpoint. It stressed that the municipality should be in charge of its own security.
In a statement seen as the new Janzour Municipal Council trying to assert its position, it said that Tripoli and, by extension security coverage for the capital, ended at Ghut Shaal (east of Janzour). The Ghiran roundabout, where the troubles started, was not in Tripoli, it said, but in Janzour. Its security was Janzour’s affair. [/restrict]