BEIRUT - Hezbollah supporters protested overnight Friday after an episode of the Basmat Watan political satire program on LBC television aired a skit with a Hassan Nasrallah imitator.
Al-Jadeed reported that a protest took place in front of the Baalbek Serail, while the National News Agency also reported that a large number of men blocked the Sin el-Fil – Mirna al-Shalouhi street.
In the episode, the actor imitating Nasrallah said: “The presence of Hezbollah in Syria is necessary, legitimate, and temporary.”
“It is impossible that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad be toppled and the rebels win as long as we are in Syria,” he added.
The episode aired simultaneously as the Hezbollah leader spoke during a Ashura Council gathering.
In 2006, the same political satire program imitated Nasrallah, which resulted in the suspension of the program for almost a month.
The incident also sparked mass protests, with demonstrators shutting roads in Beirut's Dahiyeh and other Shiite-populated areas.