"Barbarians," this is how Walid Eido, a Sunni legislator, described the few demonstrators who attacked policemen and firemen, threw rocks at a Maronite Church, breaking some of its windows, destroyed private property and burned the Danish consulate.
The demonstration, protesting racist cartoons poking fun at the Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper, degenerated into a secterian mess when "a few agents provacateurs" threw rocks at police, took over army and police vehicles and attacked a chruch.
According to people present, those who sabotaged the demonstration were members of the Ahbash, a pro-Syrian Sunni group and their Palestinian allies.
All Muslim political and religious leaders strongly condemned the violence and asked the government to take the strongest measures against the perpetrators.
A few days earlier, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah had called Muslims to committ violent acts against those who had humiliated the Prophet.
MP Saad Hariri said that "foreign forces" were behind the violent acts.
Eido said that these violent people were copycats, in reference to the burning of the Danish embassy yesterday in Damascus.
Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan said that the Interior Ministry had prior information about the intentions of some of the demonstrators and did not take enough precautions.