Très intéressant : la Résistance libanaise menacée par la… délinquance
Hezbollah officials in Dahiyeh are aware that one of the most important sources of the resistance’s strength is the popular support it enjoys in its milieu. But that milieu has spawned elements that are harming both the public and the party, and neither the state nor the “state within the state” are stopping them. The result is almost daily gunfights, traders forced to pay protection money, and thugs on the loose. This has all started to undermine the resistance’s public standing.
Today, in some parts of Dahiyeh local “mafias” can be found specializing in everything from electricity generators and satellite TV subscriptions, to water distribution and mini-bus routes. Extortion is openly practiced against store-owners, drivers and people engaged in other trades.