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Arab Spring took us back to Middle Ages: Berri
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri hands a gift to Aleida Guevara, the daughter of Che Guevara in Beirut, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri hands a gift to Aleida Guevara, the daughter of Che Guevara in Beirut, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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BEIRUT: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri slammed Thursday the Arab Spring, saying the revolutions that began in the Arab world in December 2010 have returned us to the Middle Ages.

“The so-called 'Arab Spring', regretfully, has nothing to do with spring. We thought that the [Arab Spring] will bring [positive] changes, but it turned out that it is taking us back to the Middle Ages,” Berri said.

His remarks came during a meeting with the daughter of Che Guevara, the late Argentinian Marxist revolutionary leader, in addition to the Cuban ambassador to Lebanon.

Also present were founder of the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen satellite channel, Ghasaan bin-Jeddo, and journalist Sami Kleib.

Berri welcomed Aleida, Guevara’s daughter, and hailed her father for devoting his life to the struggle against capitalist society.

“You not only bring honor to Lebanon and the present-day, but also to history,” Berri said, pointing to Guevara, Castro and Jamila Bou Haidar, the famous Algerian fighter who resisted the French occupation of Algeria and faced jail and torture.

"Al-Mayadeen has brought back this era that we should bemoan,” he added.

Al-Mayadeen held a ceremony Tuesday at UNESCO palace, Beirut, to honor Bou Haidar.

 
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