Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri issued the following statement on Wednesday:
The attack on Hamra Street is unacceptable under any slogan. I do not want to blame it on the people’s revolution and their anger against banks, but it was a black stain on any party or person who justified and covered it.
The matter is not related to the defense of the banking system and the Central Bank Governor Riad Salame, who is subject to a campaign with well know objectives. I do not want to go into the details of this campaign because I am fully aware of the suffering of the citizens these days at the doors of the banks.
This attack targets Beirut and its role as a Capital and an economic center concerned with the livelihood of all the Lebanese.
If what is required is to destroy the markets and neighborhoods of Beirut, as happened in Hamra yesterday and in Beirut Central District before that, then from my political, governmental and parliamentary positions, I refuse to be a false witness of suspicious missions that may lead the country to destruction.
We are in a caretaker government and I will not be, under any circumstances, at the head of a government to cover acts that are rejected and condemned by all moral and political criteria. Such acts require the judiciary to pursue those who fiddled with the safety of the capital, and require the army to assume its responsibility in deterring law abusers and those manipulating civil peace.
Source: National News Agency