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About a dozen activists stormed into and trashed the Beirut office of the Saudi-owned daily Asharq al-Awsat after it published a cartoon in its Friday edition depicting the Lebanese state as an April Fools' joke.The cartoon, which shows a Lebanese flag with the text "April Fools ... the Lebanese state" written over it, had provoked angry reactions by Lebanese citizens. A journalist at the newspaper told The Daily Star that 12 protesters raided the office in Beirut's Tabaris area around 7 p.m. and threatened the employees. Before the encounter, Lebanese officials, journalists and internet users had denounced the Saudi paper over the cartoon.Arab Tawhid Party leader Wiam Wahhab also addressed the cartoon.A female user called on Lebanese journalists and media figures to condemn the caricature.
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