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The Lebanese government's cybersecurity apparatus has been cracking down on activists over social media posts.This oppression triggered a mobilization – online and offline – in defense of freedom of expression and freedom of speech.Last week, a couple of hundred activists, intellectuals, artists and students gathered in Samir Kassir's Square expressing their solidarity with activists who had been called in for investigation.Having spent some time in Egypt lately, I realized firsthand that Egyptian NGOs were part of the authoritarian apparatus before 2011 and then became part of the counterrevolution.Privatizing solutions to NGOs and social enterprises jeopardizes any chance for this anger to be a force of change.My third reflection is on leadership and mobilization.Activists, again and again, stay away from structures that centralize leadership through hierarchal structures.If Egypt is too far for them, Lebanese activists need only to look to their neighbors in Syria to realize what happens to societies where mobilization against the regime can lead to war and large-scale atrocities.
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