Lebanon’s second city of Tripoli held a “day of rage” on Tuesday after a protester who was reportedly shot by the guards of an MP died on Monday night.
The Lebanese city of Tripoli holds a “day of rage” in response to the reported shooting of a protester by guards of a member of parliament, who died Monday night.https://t.co/AjD1Y6YksR pic.twitter.com/o47P45M4jd— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) February 18, 2020
Ahmad Tawfiq was reportedly shot in the stomach three months ago in Tripoli, according to Lebanese journalists online.
Protestor Ahmad Tawfik succumbs to his wounds today, following 3 months of surgeries and medical treatment. He was shot in the stomach at a protest in late October in #Tripoli.— Kareem Chehayeb | كريم (@chehayebk) February 17, 2020
His father called on the Army to investigate the incident.#Lebanon#LebanonProtests#لبنان
Lebanese protesters online called for a day of rage in Tripoli, with users sharing photos of Tawfiq and commemorating him. Arabic hashtags of Tawfiq's name and day of rage were spreading across Twitter on Tuesday morning.
Protester Ahmad Tawfik passed away today, 3 months after being shot in Tripoli, allegedly by guards of former MP Misbah Ahdab. He died due to wounds he had sustained. Meanwhile protestors in #Tripoli are calling for roadblocks tomorrow "Day of rage".#Lebanon #LebanonProtests pic.twitter.com/uFNtrT94vm— Luna Safwan - لونا صفوان (@LunaSafwan) February 17, 2020
Tawfiq’s funeral took place in Talhaya, in the northern Lebanese province of Akkar close to Tripoli, on Tuesday, reported Lebanon’s official National News Agency (NNA). According to the NNA, a speech at the funeral called for “a transparent investigation clarifying the circumstances of the incident.”
Lebanon has been rocked by anti-government protests since October. Nationwide demonstrations have criticized the whole political establishment for corruption, nepotism, and a worsening economic crisis.