Activists protest a possible extension of Parliaments mandate in Riad al Solh Square in downtown Beirut on Sept. 11, 2014. (The Daily StarHasan Shaaban)
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Lebanese are not known for holding back their animosity towards politicians, casually referring to them as crooks and criminals who have plundered the country. Thus it came as a surprise when two citizens last week were charged with slander and libel for denouncing lawmakers as "thieves". The Civil Movement for Accountability -- a coalition of NGOs and student associations -- has been fighting a second extension of Parliament's term through an active civil society campaign. This time, however, the word "thieves" landed two of them with an unexpected lawsuit from the Lebanese Forces political party.The CMFA emphasized that the basis for their accusations has never been monetary, and that their reasons for calling the MPs thieves have been clear since the outset of the movement.Aside from this contention, Riachi stressed that the party and its MPs are with the activists at the forefront of the movement demanding elections.
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