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Activists throw tomatoes at photos of MPs

  • Activists hold banners in protest of the presidential election stalemate in Downtown Beirut on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Activists Thursday expressed frustration at the presidential election stalemate by throwing tomatoes at a photo of Parliament just meters away from the General Assembly house, ridiculing the voting session as mere theatrics.

The Civil Movement for Accountability, a nonprofit organization, organized the event in Downtown Beirut to coincide with another failed Parliament session to elect a new president.

Several activists played the roles of MPs, holding banners that read: "Have you missed the tomatoes?" "Enough acting," "You have disgusted us," and "All of you don't represent us."

Minutes after Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned the session to May 22 for lack of quorum, the activists put up a picture of lawmakers attending a session in the middle of a black board with two red curtains either side to make it look like a theater.

People soon began gathering at the protest site, taking turns and throwing tomatoes at the photos of MPs.

Last year, activists threw tomatoes at the convoys of lawmakers while they were making their way to Parliament to vote on extending their mandate for 17 months.

Activists gathered urged people to join their symbolic protest May 25, the day President Michel Sleiman's six-year term ends.

 
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Activists Thursday expressed frustration at the presidential election stalemate by throwing tomatoes at a photo of Parliament just meters away from the General Assembly house, ridiculing the voting session as mere theatrics.

Last year, activists threw tomatoes at the convoys of lawmakers while they were making their way to Parliament to vote on extending their mandate for 17 months.

Activists gathered urged people to join their symbolic protest May 25, the day President Michel Sleiman's six-year term ends.


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