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Tripoli (Lebanon) (AFP) - Hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets of the northern city of Tripoli on Saturday to protest the torching of a decades-old library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest.
The demonstrators held up banners that read "Tripoli, peaceful town"...
The attack came a day after "a pamphlet was discovered inside one of the books at the library that was insulting to Islam and the prophet Mohammad," the official said at the time. Later, however, "it became clear the priest had nothing to do with the pamphlet," said the same source. "Then on Friday night, the library was torched," he added.
Sectarian violence involving the city's Christians has been extremely rare in recent years. But Friday's incident comes amid a backdrop of growing religious radicalism in Lebanon related to the war in neighbouring Syria.
Impossible to know who was really behind this.
But this isn't that far from the mentality that will shoot a 14-year-old girl in the head because she wants to get an education.