File - Patriarch Beshara Rai attends a ceremony in Jounieh, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Saturday expressed hope that "You Stink" protesters would not get distracted by "trivial" issues and stray away from the goal of electing a president.Rai hailed the demonstrators efforts, especially those on hunger strike, but exhorted the activists to direct their struggles toward electing a president.Rai's three-day visit to Aley, which started Friday, comes on the 32nd anniversary of the so-called "War of the Mountain" which broke out in the Chouf between the Christian fighters of the Lebanese Forces against the Druze militia of the Progressive Socialist Party.
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