Yammouneh rises: Hashish is our livelihood

Al Akhbar (Egypt)
Saturday, August 4, 2012

Clashes erupted in the town of Yammouneh in the Bekaa valley between local hashish farmers and security forces. The farmers in the largely marginalized region are fiercely defending their crops as they are their only source of income. Hash farmers decided to “defend their livelihoods” using all necessary means, including light and medium weapons. “We will continue the confrontation until they stop destroying,” they say. At the same time, it seems that the security forces are determined to destroy the fields of illegal crops at any price. Following several hours of negotiations, an agreement was reached by mid-morning to allow a “limited” operation to wipe several fields on the outskirts of Yammouneh.