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This is a thread created in relation to other threads and posts recently.

I am quite interested to know what those who are wiser amongst us, believe is the 'plan' of the 'elite', with regards to the future of the world. E.g. what are the motivations for the unrest in the Middle-east, reasons for recent issues between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the antagonism of the West towards Iran and Russia, why there is uncontrolled immigration in Europe?

Is this to benefit Jews and Christians? To benefit the bankers and big businesses

How will Sikhs be affected in India and in the West?

What collective stand can be take as a community in India, and in the West?

Sorry if I am repeating much of what has been said before, but I feel this deserves its own thread

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Anyone wondering what's actually going on in Ukraine and Russia that the TV and news will die before telling you, here's a summary: The USA caused a coup (like the bhainchods always do) in Ukrain

^^^ Persian sherni. Vah! They say revenge is a dish served cold, but this was proper frozen.

Here's the truth of the matter that should shut up the Western funded false propaganda.  From Dr Pradhan on Telegram. There is a saying "You can take a horse to water but you can't make him

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I am from Birmingham UK and noticed how fast the world is changing. I have seen many white women become Muslims! Also black people. I have seen some white people come to the Gurdwara to pay their respects. Many white people are coming to the golden temple in Amritsar.

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I have a feeling that although right now the things seem not so bright for sikhs in the context of geopolitics, something might happen to alter this.

I remember reading there's a prophecy of how china and russia will attack over india.

Something along the lines of "Cheen roos hind pe chad aawe" .

And after that khalsa raaj would happen.

Does anyone remember that prophecy ?

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13 hours ago, AjeetSinghPunjabi said:

And after that khalsa raaj would happen.

Does anyone remember that prophecy ?

That might be true but not in our lifetime I am sure

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In my opinion, it's essential to keep eyes on two fronts: firstly, the domestic political and social front in western countries. What legislation are our governments passing, and are these laws a response to anything in particular (such as terrorism or a particularly vicious one-off crime that captured the headlines) that has warranted such action? What's the social situation amongst the populace? I find governments and elected officials are increasingly out of step with the realities of people's lives, and if things are being pushed by the media and the establishment in general, that bear little relation to the way most people conduct their lives, then you can bet something's afoot. Also, what's the situation in regards to the entertainment industry? In my opinion, TV, film, and even the news are used as methods of conditioning and introducing certain concepts into people's consciousness so that when that final big push arrives, it's not a shock to the system because you've been exposed to the ideas in a drip-feed fashion for many years prior. Obtain your information from a wide variety of sources, including sources to which you're naturally opposed to. You don't want to consume only that which is agreeable to you. That's dangerous. If you refuse to countenance how the other side thinks, you're limiting yourself in a considerable manner.

The second front is the Middle East. Unfortunately, our fate as a collective species is tied up with the countries, events and personalities in that part of the world. In recent times, situations that have transpired over there have had almost an immediate ripple effect that reaches us over here. This phenomena will only increase as the years go by, and the desire to homogenise humanity effectively removing all differences of race, religion, culture, etc., swings into top gear. Expect the relatively smaller groups - such as Sikhs - to be the first to be expected to fall into line. We will be the test groups. Why do you think there's a few individuals on this site who are so eager to espouse ideals that, on the surface, seem tolerant and all-encompassing but if examined closely they are designed to chip away at our identity and our uniqueness. Yet, these same people are conspicuously silent when it comes to extending the same advice to certain other cultures and religions that actively need to embrace uniformity so that humanity has a chance of surviving. These are the snakes in the long grass, and we must be vigilant at all times.

Specifically, if Syria falls and Bassad is ousted, expect Iran to be next in line. And when that happens it will be the beginning of the end. No matter what scenario they will contrive to present as a compelling argument to hit Iran, it will be utter bakwaas. Don't fall for it, no matter how overwhelming the emotional blackmail. Also, don't get drawn into the pantomime of party politics anywhere in the developed world. It's a criminal distraction designed to keep moderately intelligent people busy in the mistaken belief that they have a semblance of control in regards to the fate of their lives through the active expression of political allegiance. 

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10 minutes ago, silverSingh said:

It is all on the internet, read to find out like most others on this site. Oh, you are repeating yourself needlessly and it hurts my ears. 

When I first looked at your post, I thought to myself....here is someone very unique with original questions until I reached further down and thought ....no, not really!! So, my friend, sorry to disappoint you but you will have to glue yourself to your lap top until dawn and press for Google search engine to find your answers and don't forget to hurry back and tell us your answers or what you have managed to find successfully.  I look forward to hearing from you. Bye for now:p


Really, your ears are hurting?

The remainder of your post is quite condescending, I hope you realise :p

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23 minutes ago, Premi5 said:


Really, your ears are hurting?

The remainder of your post is quite condescending, I hope you realise :p

he's a troll . You should have seen his other posts threatening to send his nudes to me ! 

and boasting how he will soon turn into a young man with many women drooling over him. 

Much pakhand . Such wow ! :p

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Just now, silverSingh said:

They say, it takes a troll to recognize a troll hehehe. You should have stopped asking for proof as to my sex. There is no way I will risk sending you any image of my m***oo* knowing you are a... you know what?  Although only one of nature's many anomalies, still a very risky business.:nosee:Why does my metamorphosis make you so jealous?  You are one heck of a insecure ....you know what? Well, I am a straight guy and can't wait to metamorphose into a young handsome prince, get married and produce as many children as possible with my beautiful future sikh wife (my Princess). I can't wait to make her the happiest wife on earth. If this makes you envious, it is because of your insecurtiy and lack of self confidence.

I am not envious of you brother. Grow up though ! 

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Aukus: China denounces US-UK-Australia pact as irresponsible

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media captionWatch: Australia’s ‘risky bet’ to side with US over China

China has criticised a historic security pact between the US, UK and Australia, describing it as "extremely irresponsible" and "narrow minded".

The deal will see the US and UK give Australia the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time.

It is being widely viewed as an effort to counter China's influence in the contested South China Sea.

The region has been a flashpoint for years and tensions there remain high.

Chinese Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the alliance risked "severely damaging regional peace... and intensifying the arms race".

He criticised what he called "the obsolete cold war... mentality" and warned the three countries were "hurting their own interests".

Chinese state media carried similar editorials denouncing the pact, and one in the Global Times newspaper said Australia had now "turned itself into an adversary of China".

The US is sharing its submarine technology for the first time in 50 years, having previously only shared it with the UK.

It means Australia will now be able to build nuclear-powered submarines that are faster and harder to detect than conventionally powered fleets. They can stay submerged for months and shoot missiles longer distances - although Australia says it has no intention of putting nuclear weapons on them.

The new partnership, under the name Aukus, was announced in a joint virtual press conference between US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

And while China was not mentioned directly, the three leaders referred repeatedly to regional security concerns which they said had "grown significantly".

"This is an historic opportunity for the three nations, with like-minded allies and partners, to protect shared values and promote security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region," a joint statement read.

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The Aukus alliance is probably the most significant security arrangement between the three nations since World War Two, analysts say.

It means Australia will become just the seventh nation in the world to operate nuclear-powered submarines.

While they are the big-ticket item in the deal, cyber capabilities and other undersea technologies will also be shared.

"This really shows that all three nations are drawing a line in the sand to start and counter [China's] aggressive moves," said Guy Boekenstein from the Asia Society Australia.

Boris Johnson later said the pact would "preserve security and stability around the world" and generate "hundreds of high-skilled jobs".

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told the BBC that China was "embarking on one of the biggest military spends in history... Our partners in those regions want to be able to stand their own ground."

media captionWhy is everyone fighting over the South China Sea?

In recent years, Beijing has been accused of raising tensions in disputed territories such as the South China Sea.

It has been increasingly assertive over what it says are centuries-old rights to the contested region, and has been rapidly building up its military presence to back up those claims.

The US has bolstered its military presence too, and has been investing heavily in other partnerships in the region such as with Japan and South Korea.

Having the submarines stationed in Australia is critical to US influence in the region, analysts say.

Tensions between China and Australia

China is Australia's biggest trading partner, and in the past, the two have maintained good relations.

But in recent years, political tensions have created a deep rift, stoked by Australia criticising China's treatment of ethnic Uighurs, banning some technology from telecom giant Huawei and supporting an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

Western nations have also been wary of China's booming infrastructure investment on Pacific islands, and have criticised its heavy trade sanctions against countries like Australia - last year it slapped Australian wine with taxes of up to 200%.

'A stab in the back'

But France has also reacted angrily to the new pact, because it means Australia will now abandon a $50bn (€31bn; £27bn) deal with it to build 12 submarines.

"It's really a stab in the back," France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France Info radio. "We had established a relationship of trust with Australia, this trust has been betrayed."

The European Union's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell said he understood why France was disappointed by the deal, adding that the EU was not consulted about the new alliance.

"This forces us once again... to reflect on the need to make the issue of European strategic autonomy a priority. This shows that we must survive on our own," he said on Thursday.

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Serbian troops on heightened alert at Kosovo border

Government in Belgrade accuses neighbouring Kosovo of ‘provocations’ by sending special police units to border.

A Kosovo Serb is pictured waving a Serbian flag as he protests against a government ban on entry of vehicles with Serbian registration plates in Jarinje, Kosovo [Laura Hasani/Reuters]
A Kosovo Serb is pictured waving a Serbian flag as he protests against a government ban on entry of vehicles with Serbian registration plates in Jarinje, Kosovo [Laura Hasani/Reuters]
26 Sep 2021

Serbian troops have been on a heightened state of alert after the government in Belgrade accused neighbouring Kosovo of “provocations” by sending special police units to the border.

Already tense relations between Serbia and its former breakaway region have grown worse since the ethnic Albanian-led government there despatched the police units to an area mainly populated by minority ethnic Serbs, who reject the authority of the government in Kosovo’s capital Pristina.

The deployment came as hundreds of ethnic Serbs have staged daily protests against a decision to require drivers with Serbian registration plates to put on temporary ones when entering Kosovo – a “reciprocal measure”, according to Pristina.

“No one here wants a conflict and I hope there won’t be one,” said a 45-year-old protester who identified himself as Ljubo and was camped at the Jarinje border crossing.

“We want Pristina to withdraw its forces and cancel the decision on licence plates.”

Hundreds of Serbs in Kosovo have been protesting and blocking traffic with trucks on the roads leading to two border crossings.

“After the provocations by the [special police] units … Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic gave the order to heighten the alert for some Serbian army and police units,” the defence ministry in Belgrade said in a statement.

Serbian fighter jets could again be seen flying over the border region on Sunday after several sorties on Saturday, AFP news agency reported.

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Tensions grow with Azerbaijan as Iran moves forces to border

Tensions spiked between Azerbaijan and Iran recently surrounding trade with Armenia and military exercises in the region.

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A still image from a video released by the Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry shows members of Azeri armed forces firing artillery during clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh in an unidentified location, in this still image from footage released September 28, 2020 (photo credit: DEFENCE MINISTRY OF AZERBAIJAN/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)
A still image from a video released by the Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry shows members of Azeri armed forces firing artillery during clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh in an unidentified location, in this still image from footage released September 28, 2020
Tensions spiked between Azerbaijan and Iran in recent weeks after Azerbaijan began targeting Iranian trucks with fines and arrests, and Iran moved military forces to its border with Azerbaijan and warned against Israeli influence near its borders.
In August, the Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry invited the Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, due to "undesirable facts" concerning what it called illegal travel of Iranian trucks to the Karabakh region without the permission of Azerbaijan. A statement by the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry stated that the new Iranian administration would take steps to end such incidents.
The trucks in question were traveling on a road between the Armenian towns of Kapan and Goris which partially crosses through territory handed over to Azerbaijan after the Nagorno-Karabakh war last year, according to RFE/RL. The highway, patrolled by Russian peacekeepers, is Armenia's only link to Iran.
Earlier this month, Azerbaijani forces set up a checkpoint and began taxing and inspecting Iranian commercial trucks traveling on the highway, according to RFE/RL. A number of Iranian truck drivers were even arrested.
Azerbaijani officials have stated that Azerbaijani law requires all foreign vehicles, not just Iranian ones, entering the country to pay road and transit fees.
In an interview with the Turkish Anadolu Agency on Tuesday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev expressed outrage at the continued travel of Iranian trucks through Azerbaijani territory, questioning why Iran was so insistent on continuing trade to a region with only 25,000 inhabitants.
"Is this market really so important? Is this trade really so important that you show such outright disrespect for a country you consider friendly and fraternal?" said Aliyev to Anadolu Agency.
Tensions also rose recently due to joint military exercises carried out by Azerbaijan and Turkey in the Caspian Sea, with the Iranian Foreign Ministry warning that such drills violated international conventions banning the military presence of countries other than the five states which border the sea.
In the interview with Anadolu Agency, the Azerbaijani president expressed shock at Iran's decision to hold a military exercise along its border, saying it was the first time in Azerbaijan's 30-year history of independence that this had occurred.
While Aliyev admitted that every country has the sovereign right to conduct military exercises in its own territory, he questioned why Iran chose this specific time to do so. The president stressed that he does "not wish to see a single fact that would undermine long-term cooperation in the region" and hopes that the "emotional reaction" to Azerbaijan's "legitimate steps" is temporary.
After the interview, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stated that Aliyev's remarks were "surprising" as such issues should have been handled through proper channels and not the media.
Concerning the upcoming Iranian military drill, Khatibzadeh stated that it was aimed at "protecting regional security," adding however that Iran "will not tolerate the Israeli regime’s presence near its borders even if it’s ceremonial" and "will take any actions it deems necessary to protect its national security."
In a meeting with Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian stressed the importance of good relations between the two countries, but added that "some third parties should not be allowed to affect the good relations," according to the Iranian IRNA news agency.
The "third parties" comment has been interpreted by some as referring to Israel, an ally of Azerbaijan, but an enemy of Iran.
On Tuesday, Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the land forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), warned that Iran expected neighboring countries not "to be a breeding ground for the evil deeds of the Zionist regime," according to the IRGC-affiliated Tasnim News Agency.
"The Islamic Republic expects our neighboring border areas and neighboring countries to be a safe and secure environment for countries and the region," said the commander. "Therefore, it is expected that while being doubly sensitive to this, they will not allow a foreign element such as the Zionist regime, whose conspiracies and malice with the Muslim nations are not hidden from anyone, to make the soil of our neighbors a bedrock to achieve its evil and criminal goals."
Pakpour warned that there is "no doubt" that Israel is helping "some countries in the region" with the goal of created discord and division among Muslim countries.
"We cannot accept that some countries, under the influence of third countries, make unrealistic and provocative statements regarding the promotion of the readiness of the combat units of the Islamic Republic and undermine our actions," said Pakpour. "Neighboring governments know better than anyone else the reasons for holding Iranian exercises."
Pakpour stressed that Iran had not reacted to 37 exercises conducted by countries in the region in recent months and respected the inalienable right of every country to conduct drills.
Kioumars Heydari, commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces, announced on Thursday that an exercise, named "Conquerors of Khaybar," would start on Friday in northwestern Iran in order to test weapons and equipment and assess the readiness of the armed forces in any arena and along the borders of Iran, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency.
The name of the exercise, "Conquerors of Khaybar," may be a reference to the Battle of Khaybar, in which the Muslims, led by Muhammad, fought against the Jews in Khaybar, eventually defeating and imposing a tax on them.
An opinion piece published in Kayhan, a newspaper associated with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, warned against an alleged "invisible alliance" between the US, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Israel, saying that it could have a "major impact" on Iran's and Russia's political weight in the region.
The author of the piece warned that Turkey and Azerbaijan must know that "Iran can thwart the conspiracy designed for them in a regrettable way."
A video report on Iran's IRIB broadcaster on Tuesday seemed to insinuate that a "terrorist" group that it recently thwarted was armed in Azerbaijan, showing pictures of Baku, Azerbaijan's capital, while stating that it was armed in "one of the neighboring countries."
Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced on Tuesday that it had killed the leader of a group that it claimed was supported and guided by the intelligence services of countries hostile to Iran. The group allegedly planned to strike sensitive and vital sites in Iran, according to Iranian media. All members of the group were arrested by Iranian intelligence forces.
Azerbaijan and Israel have close ties, with the president of Azerbaijan saying in a discussion with The Nizami Ganjavi International Center in May that relations with Israel were very diverse and were especially strong in the defense industry. "It is no secret that Azerbaijan has full access to Israeli defense industry products," said Aliyev at the time.
Israeli arms, including the LORA missile and the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Harop suicide drone, were reportedly used by Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh war with Armenia last year.
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Family's 'hell' as Lewisham dad stuck in Iranian prison after police put 'bag over his head and shoved him into van' on shopping trip

Daughter Elika had to keep her father's plight a secret for eight months

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The daughter of a South London dad being held in an Iranian prison is fighting for his freedom as part of a four-year-long battle.

Elika Ashoori says her family have been in "hell" after her father Anoosheh was bundled into a police van while out on a shopping trip in Iran.

Anoosheh, 67, a father of two from Lewisham has been in jail in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, where Nazanin Zaghari Ratciffe is detained, for four years on spy charges, which the family and Amnesty International say are false.


Elika, 35, says the family has suffered ‘hell’ since he was arrested in August 2017 following a trip to Iran to visit his mother.

While out shopping one day he was approached by police who asked his name then put a bag over his head before shoving him into a van.

The retired engineer was taken to Evin and placed in solitary confinement for four months during which time he was forced into making a false confession-charges.

Elika told MyLondon: “The first eight months were the worst in my life because we couldn't talk to him, he was in solitary, he tried to take his own life too. They knew what we did, where we worked, they told him they would hurt us, even our pets.”

Elika and her brother Aryan have campaigned for their father's release (Image: family handout)

Anoosheh attempted to take his life three times, on the third attempt he went on hunger strike for 17 days: “He thought if he took himself out of the picture he it would be better for us.”

The family were advised by the Foreign Office not to speak about the case and the family kept silent for eight months; fearful even of seeking consular assistance.

“It was worse for us because we had to keep it a secret, you don’t get a guide book for things like this, we thought if we keep it hushed up it would resolve itself," Elika explained.

“So we didn’t say anything to anyone we thought would antagonize Iran and they wouldn’t let him go.”

Anoosheh Ashoori with his family (Image: Family handout)

Elika believes her father may have been singled out after renewing his Iranian passport which flagged him on the system as a dual national living in the UK.

As the realisation dawned that Anoosheh wouldn’t be coming home the family have struggled to carry on with their day to day lives.

“Everything had to go on as normal, I had a holiday booked and there were other friends involved and I couldn't tell them what had happened, I became very resentful I was very angry," she said.

Elika runs Lilika’s treats, her cake business from Greenwich Market. It’s popular with locals selling French patisserie-style macarons and cheesecake, it’s a business her father Anoosheh was a big part of.

“He was involved from the beginning, he was building me things like macaron trays and a machine to self pipe, to this day even from prison when he calls we talk about it," she said. "He’s always been extremely supportive.”

Elika added:“Even going to work, why am I not doing something to help my dad, why am I doing these irrelevant things?”

Elika appeared in a video alongside Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe's daughter Gabriella (Image: Amnesty International UK/Darius Bazargan)

The family now have regular contact over the phone with Anoosheh from prison for 20 minutes a day and Elika says he takes comfort in reading his diary to the family which her mother records.

She said: “It’s his day to day life, ‘today I went to the library, I met a new prisoner,’ he keeps his daily routine, it’s a comfort and peace of mind that he’s not being forgotten; it’s the biggest fear that prisoners have in Evin.

“They’re so disconnected from the outside world they need to be comforted by doing something lasting, for him it’s one way of doing it."

Alongside her business, Elika has dedicated herself to campaigning for her father’s release and raising awareness after deciding to talk publicly about his case.

But the family has struggled to get the same level of attention of Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe’s case.

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North Korea: Kim Jong-un vows to build 'invincible military'

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North Korea"s leader Kim Jong Un presents awards to military service personnel at the Defence Development Exhibition, in PyongyangIMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
Image caption,North Korea says it needs to continue developing weapons for its protection

North Korea's leader has vowed to build an "invincible military" in the face of what it says are hostile policies from the United States, report state media.

Kim Jong-un added that weapons development was for self-defence, and not to start a war.

Mr Kim made the comments at a rare defence exhibition while flanked by a variety of large missiles.

North Korea has recently tested what it claims to be new hypersonic and anti-aircraft missiles.

The South meanwhile has tested its own submarine-launched weapon.

In his speech at the Self-Defence 2021 exhibition held in Pyongyang, which featured an array of military hardware including tanks, Mr Kim addressed the military build-up in the South and said that North Korea did not want to fight its neighbour.

"We are not discussing war with anyone, but rather to prevent war itself and to literally increase war deterrence for the protection of national sovereignty," he said.

Mr Kim also accused the US of stoking tensions between North and South Korea.

He added that there was "no behavioural basis" to make North Korea believe that the US was not hostile.

The US under President Joe Biden has repeatedly said it is willing to talk to North Korea, but has demanded Pyongyang give up nuclear weapons before sanctions can be eased. North Korea has so far refused.

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Beirut port blast: Gunfire erupts at protest against judge leading probe

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At least six people have been killed and 32 others injured in armed clashes in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

The shooting began during a protest by the Shia Muslim groups Hezbollah and Amal against the judge investigating last year's blast at the city's port.

They said Christian snipers fired at the crowd to drag Lebanon into strife.

Huge tension surrounds the probe into the port explosion. Hezbollah and its allies claim the judge is biased, but the victims' families support his work.

No-one has yet been held accountable for the August 2020 disaster, in which 219 people were killed and swathes of the city were devastated.

What began as a protest outside the Palace of Justice by hundreds of people arguing the investigation had become politicised and demanding the removal of Judge Tarek Bitar escalated remarkably quickly, reports the BBC's Anna Foster in Beirut.

Heavy gunfire erupted in the streets as the crowd passed through a roundabout in the central Tayouneh-Badaro area.

Protest in Beirut against the judge investigating last year's blast at the city's port (14 October 2021)IMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
Image caption,Hezbollah said snipers opened fire at supporters demanding the removal of Judge Tarek Bitar

Local residents had flee their homes and schoolchildren ducked for cover under their desks as men armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers - believed to have members of Shia and Christian militias - exchanged fire in the streets.

The clashes continued for several hours before calm was restored.

Hospital and military sources said some of those killed were shot in the head. They included a woman who was hit by a stray bullet while inside her home.

Hezbollah and Amal accused a staunch opponent, the Christian Lebanese Forces party, of being behind the attack on the protesters.

Debris strewn across a road in Beirut after gunfire erupts during protest against the judge investigating last year's blast at the city's port (14 October 2021)IMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
Image caption,The army warned that it would open fire against any gunmen in the area

The two Shia organisations said demonstrators were "subject to an armed attack by groups from the Lebanese Forces party that deployed in neighbouring streets and on rooftops, and engaged in direct sniping activity and intentional killing".

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea condemned the violence and appealed for calm.

"The main cause of these developments lies in the presence of uncontrolled and widespread weapons that threaten the citizens at any time and in any place," he tweeted.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati called on everyone to "calm down and not be drawn into sedition for any reason whatsoever".

The army said it had deployed troops to search for the assailants, and warned that they would "shoot at any gunman on the roads".

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