Marwan Charbel: I’m Not Racist


One more disappointing interview. What kind of language is this? Coming from a minister? Maybe we should do some obligatory human rights education training, like basics 101, for ‘our politicians’ before they assume their positions. This is too much.

Security threats always has to do with the stranger?

If this is the kind of person who is leading our ministry of interior and this is the kind od attitude he upholds, then we are not really heading in the right direction.


Lebanon’s Minister of Interior and Municipalities Marwan Charbel blames the rise in crime on a sudden influx of poor refugees, including Syrians and Iraqis. We blame the rise in racism and hatred towards the other on him and other ignorant spokespeople in this government.

But with 30,000 to 40,000 Syrians in Lebanon, crimes will definitely increase,” he adds.

“I am not speaking about a particular people. Those who come from Syria are poor.”

“Most of those Iraqis were Christians. Here, I said it. Nobody can accuse me of being racist or sectarian.”

“Everyone knows how much I care for the prisoners and they are from different confessions. Most of those who benefited from the reduction in sentences in the last few weeks were Muslim. Some were not even Lebanese,” he insists.


Come on. Please!
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