FPM supporters attend a protest in Martyrs Square in Beirut, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A fair election law and protecting the rights of Christians were the reasons that thousands of Free Patriotic Movement supporters cited as their motivation to take part in a rally in Martyrs' Square Friday. Many of those present cited the need for a new electoral law based on proportionality as their primary motivation for coming to the rally, called for by FPM leader Michel Aoun. Demands for basic services and an end to crises such as the garbage woes and the country's chronic power and water shortages took a backseat to political demands.Orange FPM flags covered the square, though some demonstrators also carried the yellow Hezbollah standard. The Lebanese flag made a limited appearance, save for a huge banner laid out on the ground for protesters to flutter. Along with many of the other protesters, Karam said he considered the FPM immune to allegations of corruption, as it was not part of government during the presence of the Syrian army in Lebanon.Participants in the rally were not all Christians.The crowd shuffled aside to make space as medics rushed into the square.
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