Thursday, November 15, 2007

Free Downtown!

Lebanese employees and shops owners who work in the area carry banners reading in Arabic: ' Leave Downtown Beirut out of your political struggle, have mercy on your country's brothers and families,' in downtown Beirut, Lebanon Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, as they protest their plight and seek government compensation or tax breaks almost a year since the pro-Syrian Hezbollah and opposition allies set up camps in downtown Beirut in a failed effort to unseat Prime Minister Fuad Saniora's Western-backed government. The encampment has paralyzed the business heart of the Lebanese capital. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)


  1. Anonymous8:38 AM

    Just by looking at these protesters and then comparing them to the ones in the tents, one understands that a unified Lebanon is a myth. I have a growing feeling that the two worlds are not reconcilable.

    Please include the to your list of international blogs

  2. How democratic of Fouad Siniora to completely disregard the wish of the biggest protest in Lebanon last year that clearly asked for his resignation, by telling them literally: "i will not blink".
    How democratic indeed.

  3. Anonymous1:49 PM

    Salem, Fouad Siniora is a democratic person, not like those cowards NASRALLAH, AOUN AND THUGS

    NASRALLAH'S speech was very democratic indeed the pig contradicted himself several times about issues relating to hezb-terrorists

  4. These demos should have started a year ago and targeted Aoun and Nasrallah.

    Instead they waited one week before the election that has everyone tranfixed.

    Doesn't anyone have a sense of timing on anything in this fucked up country?

  5. Of course the "demos" should have started a year ago. Gebran & Samir were among the first to be murdered - there was a good reason for that, they had the will and the power to mobilize the people.

    Who will do that today? When will the people of Lebanon be called again to stop the madness?

    The DT tents are almost a liability to M8 today but more is coming. Nasrallah will not accept to lose this "war" within Lebanon.

  6. Jimmy3:33 PM

    The people who work in DT and those camping probably come from the same place. The difference is the campers get a paycheck and now the workers don't.

  7. Arabic Coffee Pot5:12 PM

    Hahahaha, I love the 'democracy' talk from people like Salem. Hilarious.

    Keep up the good work Salem, lets all burn rubber tires for democracy! Or better yet, lets unilaterally start a war for democracy! Yes...yes...I see the brilliant logic of it now! Tell you what, lets declare a state of emergency (you know like the one thats been on in Syria since 1963 and bring in a military gov't, like the one that took over Syria) and maybe then we can have a real democracy...just like in Syria!!

    Mmmmmmmmm...I can almost taste the democracy now...well...I can smell it at least.

  8. Anonymous6:09 PM

    Salem: Democracies are election-based systems of government. Fairy tales are wish based.

  9. Anonymous7:47 PM

    And, Salem: Government in Lebanon appears to consist of the number of living government officials counted after assassinations. In the Middle East the core values of democracy are violated in one way or another every day.

  10. Government in Lebanon appears to consist of the number of living government officials counted after assassinations.

    I am so stealing this!


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