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Activists have just been assaulted by Lebanese security forces after they say they had baked a cake to celebrate two and a half years since parliamentarians cancelled elections and reinstated themselves in breech of the constitution.

In this video one of the activists is violently dragged from central Beirut where Parliament is located:

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In this next video LBC reporter Foutoun Raad tries to film the abuse on her phone but is stopped by an army soldier. “I’m a journalist!” she shouts as the officer forcibly lowers her camera.

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In this video, we can see another activist getting roughed up by police:

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LBC reporter Foutoun interviews one of the activists who explains that the police attacked them when they had tried to walk the cake over to parliament, which has failed to solve the country’s sanitation crisis and every other dysfunctioning public service. In fact, parliament rarely meets. The activist describes being slapped in the face by security forces while another well known activist Lucien Bourjeily was also beaten:

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Finally here is a video shot before the assaults took place where the activists are enjoying the cake, presumably before marching it to parliament:

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Habib Battah
Habib Battah is an investigative journalist and founder of the news site beirutreport.com. Battah has covered Lebanon and the Middle East for over 15 years and teaches journalism and media studies at the American University of Beirut. He is a contributor to Monocle, The Guardian, BBC World, Al Jazeera and others, a former fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University and two-time recipient of the Samir Kassir Press Freedom Award. Battah's investigative work was recently recognized for outstanding local reporting by the Columbia University Oakes Award for Environmental Reporting. Battah earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Near East Studies and Journalism from New York University.

1 COMMENT

  1. بالهام من انجلينا جولي التي تعاطفت مع ما جرى في لبنان تزامنا مع ما حصل في فرنسا والكثيرين غيرها الذين ذكروا انه في لبنان أيضا ضحايا. ..شاب لبناني يصمم تطبيق بساعتين البارحة ردا على مارك ز صاحب فيسبوك الذي شارك الناس منبهجا بطريقة تغيير صورتك للعلم الفرنسي على البروفيل. ..
    He said:
    “We cannot bear the idea of all the world supporting France and no one supporting Lebanon.

    Pray for all innocent human lives equally. Support Lebanon by adding the Lebanese flag to your photo.

    We built this app in 2hrs on a Saturday night as initiative trying to help & support Lebanon “Equally” TEDMOB TEAM

    Take a look at “I Support Lebanon” – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tedmob.photoflag

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