Sehnaoui waves Lebanese and FPM flags during the rally in Beirut, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The atmosphere in Beirut's Martyrs' Square was festive Wednesday, almost jubilant.A few thousand Free Patriotic Movement protesters organized themselves into convoys, filling roads in Sassine Square, Sin al-Fil, Baabda and Kesrouan.Barour glimpsed a banner with the Future Movement's emblem making its way through the crowd, emblazoned with the words "The Islamic State of Lebanon," in reference to the armed group terrorizing swaths of Syria and Iraq. She rushed to pose for a picture in front of it, proud to be the first among her friends to post it on social media. Soon FPM supporters atop vans began calling for protesters to enter the square.FPM leader Michel Aoun called on his supporters Tuesday to take to the streets after Defense Minister Samir Moqbel ignored his call for making key security appointments and extended the terms of Army top brass instead. Aoun said that the move reflected an attempt to nibble away at the rights of Christians. Most said they were appalled and overwhelmed by the myriad problems faced by the average citizen, citing the lack of adequate state services as the primary reason behind Wednesday's demonstration. The garbage crisis, on the other hand, was often left off the Cabinet's agenda due to FPM's insistence on discussing security appointments.For many of the protesters, the demonstration rekindled memories of harsher times.
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