Thursday, January 04, 2007

Balconies and Flags




In early December, just after the opposition protests and sit ins were launched, PM Sanioura and others called on Lebanese to hang up Lebanese flags on their balconies. I have noticed that one sees many flags in Tripoli, Aakkar and Saida, for example (somewhat less in Saida). For every 10 balconies about 6 or 7 are 'flagged' in these areas. In Ain er Remmaneh, the Metn, Achrafieh and others areas (almost entirely Christian areas) the rate is 1 flagged balcony out of 10. I did not see Shi'ite areas yet but I doubt you will see signs of support for the government there. Its a sad state that we are in now and many express concern for of further Sunni-Shia strife ahead. Its interesting to note that in Christian areas there is a very low amount of political signs, pictures and anything that may express a political oppinion... at least, comparing to the way things looked in October 2006. Meanwhile,the opposition has promised 'actions and steps' that 'will not be announced' ahead of time. They are due to decide in the coming days.

The first picture was taken in el Beddawi, just north of the Tripoli municpality, the second is the posh el Mina city, also in Tripoli and the third in Ain er Remmaneh.

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:37 PM

    so what's ur point...

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  2. Anonymous3:13 PM

    The flags on the balconies is an expression of support for the government...

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  3. I've been taking photographs of flags myself and did notice that there seemed to be less in the Chritian neighborhoods but haven't been around enough to say for sure. How did you come up with your numbers?

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  4. The low rate in Christian areas is that most people are "tired" of the whole thing...

    They would raise Canada's or Australia's flags if they could.

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  5. what do you make of these differences.. how do you interpret them?

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  6. Well, every building has about 10 apartments. So I would count the number of flagged apartments (also considering that often there are more than one flag per apartment) and make a rough calculation from there.

    I think everybody is getting tired of such a situation but I also think that support for the government is low and whether its a direct indication of full support to the opposition is open to debate.

    These difference between areas reflects how the Lebanese are divided on these issues.

    In Tripoli, at a roundabout full of flagged buildings there was a balcony with a Brazilian flag about half the size of the apartment... and this was two weeks ago, half a year after the world cup... it was a funny statement.

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  7. I agree with Jeha, and furthermore: When your "opposition" is an entire militia, and u are an ordinary citizen, you can't put flags on your home, where your kids are and invite trouble. I did, cause i'm just that kind of person, but ALOT of my friends removed the flags after hearing rumors about acts of vandalism. Rumors or not, i'm sure some of them are true, cause you are dealing with people that are ABOVE the law. To prove my point: When was the last time you've seen a Shi3a family afraid of raising a Hizballa flag?

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