Photostory: Solidarity in Solidere

February 18th, 2007 | Posted in Culture, Imperialism, Solidarity

Photos from Tadamon! Montreal.


In recent weeks and months Lebanon has faced major political upheaval, marked by massive street demonstrations, international political intervention and a national general strike. Supporters of the Lebanese opposition gather in central Beirut during the first week of the ongoing sit-in central Beirut in December 2006.


Opposition protesters camped in front of the United Nations building in downtown Beirut during the first week of the ongoing sit-in of the Lebanese opposition. In the far right corner of the statue of Riad El Solh Lebanon’s first Prime Minister after independence from French colonial rule.


Opposition protesters settle-down for the day in central Beirut smoking argilleh in the usually high-class Beirut district Solidere. Until today opposition protesters remain in central Beirut.


A flyer being passed out during a major demonstration of the Lebanese opposition on December 1st, 2006, from the Peoples Movement, a political party in Lebanon. The main text of the flyer reads, no to corruption, no to sectarianism & no to ignorance, from the youth & student wing of the Peoples Movement of Lebanon.


Opposition protest tents in central Beirut decorated with flags of various political parties and social organizations in Lebanon who support the ongoing opposition demonstrations.


Soldiers from the Lebanese army stationed in downtown Beirut surrounded by barbed-wire preventing the public from entering Martyrs’ Square in central Beirut, the same location which became the stage for pro-government demonstrations in the wake of the assassination of Pierre Amine Gemayel in November 2006.


Youth supporters of the Peoples Movement, a political party in Lebanon, gather in central Beirut in support of the Lebanese opposition lead by Hezbollah. The banner reads, ‘No to Sectarianism’.

Mary Foster is a respect community activist from Montreal and member of Tadamon! Montreal recently traveled to Beirut, Lebanon as part of a political delegation. Foster witnessed and documented the first days of the ongoing opposition sit-in in central Beirut.


Seule la vérité triomphe
Vive le Liban

Comment by Claude Libersan — February 19th, 2007 @ 12:12 AM

Representing the Lebanese Communist Party, we wont be a part of any protests unless a clear political program is presented by the opposition groups. We do agree with these groups regarding some issues and concerns : changing governement, economic and social reforms, resistance, and others.
In short, the LCP would require the changing of the whole political regime, that is a sectarian based-one, and not only changing the governement , that is always based on sectarian and sectional interests.
Best of regards,
Atallah Al Salim

Comment by Atallah Al Salim — February 19th, 2007 @ 9:48 AM

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