Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon took to the streets in violent protest after a television comedy show parodied leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Rioting began on Saturday night and continued on Sunday with Hezbollah backers burning tires and blocking roads around the capital Beirut as well as areas in east Lebanon.
The uproar began after Saudi-owned TV station MBC broadcast a short clip on Saturday night poking fun at the rambling speeches given by Nasrallah.
In the clip, the pseudo-Nasrallah, clad in his target’s signature black headgear and square glasses, assures his audience of Lebanon’s independence while simultaneously kissing the proffered hand of an offscreen overlord, apparently representing an Iranian cleric.
“Iran will not order us to do anything,” he declares. “But… we will learn, decide and sometimes ask for their guidance.”
The faux Nasrallah also extols the virtues of the various Arab revolutions across the Middle East, but hastens to add, “The satanic revolution in Syria, we will refuse. And if need be, we will support those who fight in Syria.”
Hezbollah has fought alongside the regular Syrian Army on behalf of President Bashar Assad’s regime in its efforts to defeat rebel groups in the country’s civil war.
After denouncing claims of Iranian involvement in the Yemen conflict as “lies and defamation,” the fake Hezbollah leaders shouts, ““We will not give up on Palestine or the Palestinian people or the holy sites in Palestine.”
According to the Naharnet news website, the Lebanese army said it had deployed troops to quell the violence.