You Stink campaigners set up tents at Martyrs Square in Downtown Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Despite the festive atmosphere, a serious rallying cry for change – born of pent up frustration – reverberated loud and clear and, with it, a rejection of the uniquely 'put up and shut up' brand of democracy people in Lebanon have been force fed for years.Up until now, the effective use of threats, manipulation and fear mongering had kept our dysfunctional democracy intact. What the demonstrations provided was a means to break the resentful silence and call for change. Nor should the outcome of such demands be limited to confused red faces presiding over chaos.All I can say is that on Aug. 29, we got a glimpse of what a more united, humanitarian and self-respecting Lebanon could feel like.
Whose life is it anyway?
Removing the blind spots
Putting the love back in Lebanon
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