Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah was the subject of mocking at a Lebanese television program this week, raising anger among his supporters who protested against the show.
His supporters took to the streets on Friday, burning tires and blocking roads in several parts of Lebanon.
It wasn’t the first time Nasrallah was mocked in Basmat Watan, a slapstick program aired by LBC TV.
In 2006 Nasrallah’s character appeared in the program and the result was a similar one; people protesting and burning tires in the streets.
This week’s program poked jokes at Hezbollah’s role in Syria, with Nasrallah’s character lamenting what he said was a late intervention.
“Our weapons should have included planes and submarines,” he said.
Charbel Khalil, the producer of the program, said on Twitter that mocking religious figures is an integral part of the program and no one should be bothered.
Those who support mocking Nasrallah say the Hezbollah leader is a political figure who should not be spared jokes.