Druze overlord Walid Jumblat has made a strong expression of sympathy with Samir Geagea’s Lebanese Forces, saying no one can deny the energetic existence of the LF although its has been outlawed by the government.
Jumblat made the remark after a meeting with Premier Hariri Monday evening in which the ramifications of Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir’s historic tour of the Druze hinterland was a prime topic of discussion. Jumblat was asked by reporters after the meeting about the dense presence of LF flags side-by-side with the banners of Jumblat’s Progressive Socialist Party during the receptions given to the Maronite Patriarch at his main Chouf stops.
“The Lebanese forces is a fact, a movement with an energetic presence,” Jumblat responded. “Even if we have officially cancelled it, the movement exists and it attracts plenty of sympathy which we cannot stop.”
Jumblat went on: “There are young Christian and non-Christian believers with Lebanese Forces. ” What should we tell them? You don’t exist? Of course not. They do exist,”
Jumblat recently called for the improvement of Geagea’s incarceration conditions at his prison in the Lebanese defense ministry, where he has been serving since 1994 a total of 120 jail sentences.
Geagea has complained through his defense attorneys that he is subjected to “devastating psychological torture in an airless, lightless underground cell” at the defense ministry compound in suburban Yarze.