Nouh Zaiter, a hashish dealer on the run from Lebanese authorities, delivered a message in support of anti-corruption protests that have crippled the country.

Zaiter, the self-styled Lebanese Robin Hood, released a video on a local news site calling on protesters in the eastern Baalbek region to demonstrate on Thursday evening.

‘I hope that everyone who goes to the protests brings a Lebanese flag with them,’ he said, in an address laced with anger.

‘I hope that every oppressed and deprived person goes to the square,’ he said, wearing a baseball cap backwards, a hoodie and a chain around his neck.

The drug lord’s words of support come the same day that the country’s president, Michel Aoun, offered to meet the protesters whose week-old mobilisation has brought the country to a standstill.

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