William Noun’s arrest and the failure of Lebanon’s judiciary

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Lebanon experienced pockets of protests last week in response to the arrest of William Noun by State Security forces. Noun is a prominent activist representing the families who lost loved ones in the 4 August 2020 Beirut port blast. He himself lost a brother on that day, Joe Noun, a firefighter who died on duty. The young activist, alongside the families, have repeatedly called for an investigation into who was responsible for the blast and the origins of its cause. The explosion took place after a fire detonated over 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate, an explosive chemical compound, which had be…

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