the inimitable fragrance of the Lebanese protest movement

Since the beginning of the popular protest movement against the corruption of the political class, the demonstrators compete with inventiveness and irony, in the street and on the social networks.

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The Lebanese art of living has given the protest movement that has shaken the country of Cedar for almost two weeks a unique style in the history of recent Arab revolts. Devastating humor, stubborn resilience, sense of celebration: all these traits of local genius can be found in the events and the flood of publications that accompany them on social networks. It is to believe that the more the situation tends, the more the creativity of the Lebanese flourishes. Review of some pearls and moments of grace, gleaned from the field as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

The founding kick

This is the iconic image of the Lebanese revolution. On the evening of Thursday, October 17, as the first angry rallies form in central Beirut, in response to the announcement of a new appeals tax by Whatsapp, one of the Minister's bodyguards education attacks, Kalashnikov in hand, a group of protesters blocking the passage. In the melee, a young woman inflicts a malabar kick in the crotch that forces him back.

The scene, worthy of a karate film, is filmed, downloaded and viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Her subversive force catapulted her to the rank of a founding image of the Lebanese anti-government revolt. Rami Kanso, a local graphic designer, drew a stylized representation that became viral in turn.

The shameless young woman, named Malak Alaywe Herz, has married. And for lack of money to rent a room, she celebrated her nuptials among the protesters in central Beirut.

" All, my husband included »

The number one slogan of the protesters is "kellon ya'ani kellon" (all, that means all), a clean order, calling for the resignation of all members of the government, without exception. Resumed from north to south Lebanon, it was also diverted by many Lebanese, whose second degree, in times of tension, is like a second skin. The anonymous wife who brandishes this poster wrote on it: "All means all and my husband is one of them. "

The sign that holds, for its part, the demonstrator below details, party by party, the redesign of the political class to which the protesters aspire: "I want God (Allah in Arabic) without his party (hezbo), "he wrote in a snub to Hezbollah, the Shia militia party. " I want hope (SALM) without the movement (harakat) ", an allusion to the Amal movement, another Shia formation. "I want strength (Quwa) without the Forces (quwat) ", a reference to the Lebanese Forces, a right-wing Christian faction. And so on for all other members of the government.


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