Photo showing workers removing an advertising billboard for the new Almaza brand Ar-Rayyes in Tripoli, after the Mayor's decision to ban alcoholic drinks ads. (The Daily Star)
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A recent decision by Tripoli's mayor to ban advertisements for alcoholic drinks in the city has sparked an uproar online.Tripoli's Mayor said that the municipality removed the ad for legal considerations and not because of its content.Ghazal condemned the social media buzz over the incident, saying that online allegations aimed at violating the northern city's communal unity and intended to distort Tripoli's image. Mohammad Hajar, the public relations officer at Tripoli's News Network, said it was true that most Tripoli's restaurants avoid offering any alcoholic products. However, the most successful campaign so far was on Facebook, where a page was created with the same name, to which people, in particular residents of Tripoli, sent photos of themselves drinking beer or other alcoholic drinks.According to Mohammad, an activist from Tripoli, the decision further alienates the city from other parts of Lebanon.
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