Families of the Lebanese abductees in the Syrian town of Azaz, which borders Turkey, protested on Tuesday near the Turkish embassy in Rabieh.
Protestors raised banners and pictures of their kidnapped relatives, and demanded the Lebanese and Turkish authorities to take right steps and measures to release the nine abductees.
The angry families had demonstrated Monday night in Karantina region -- fish market, as part of their movements against Turkish interests in Lebanon.
The protestors prevented four Turkish trucks filled with fish from unloading. They confiscated the trucks’ keys, but did not get in the way of the Turkish drivers.
Here, the Lebanese protestors assured that they did not get in the way of the Turkish individuals because “unlike (Turkish PM Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, we respect the Turkish community in Lebanon. Our problem is with your government and with Erdogan in specific, and we made a mistake when we called him Tayyip (the kind) Erdogan.”
The protestors also raised banners condemning the “new Othomans”, and demanded Turkey to “return their relatives”, and called on the Lebanese to “boycott Turkey”.
In parallel, Assafir newspaper quoted the families as saying that “this was a message to the Lebanese traders, whom we respect, asking them to import their goods from any country other than Turkey.”
For his part, Adham Zgheib read a statement in the name of protestors, in which he assured that “further steps against Turkey’s interests in Lebanon will be taken, without standing up to any Turkish citizen; unlike what Erdogan and his government did, because we are a people of honor, hospitality and generosity, not a people of betrayal, kidnapping and treason.”