After the Funeral
The last time Lebanon had a major conflict was 2008.
So when the car bomb exploded in the Christian Achrefiye neighborhood, killing four and wounding over one hundred, tensions ran high. As the details of the attack emerged, emotions ran even higher. Targeted and killed in the blast was Wissam al Hassan, Brigadier General of the Internal Security Forces, and known to be strongly against the regime in Syria.
Many accusations were made, but none officially accused or tried.
Thousands attended al Hassan's funeral in downtown Beirut. After a number of speeches about unified Lebanon, an emotional spark was lit, and protesters yelled to storm the Serail, headquarters of then-Prime Minister Najib Mikati, demanding his resignation.
Though the protests ended the same day, some considered the conflict spillover from Syria, and blowback continued throughout the country for months.
A young man tries to reason with the security forces during the protest in Beirut, Lebanon, on October 21, 2012.
During a break in the fighting, protesters talk on their cell phones, Beirut, Lebanon, 21 October, 2012
Young men raise the Syrian and Lebanese flags while sitting atop a traffic light during the protest in Beirut, Lebanon, 21 October, 2012.