Mashrou' Leila. Photo by Tarek Moukaddem.
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The four-piece band's electro-infused rhythms, charged lyrics tackling sectarianism, gender equality and homophobia, and Sinno's soaring vocals have garnered millions of downloads and views on Spotify and YouTube.A 2018 court ruling that consensual same-sex relations are not illegal has not stopped Lebanese police using laws outlawing "sexual intercourse against nature" and the "violation of public morality" to harass LGBT people, Human Rights Watch says.After critics said religious metaphors in lyrics that dealt with the death of Sinno's father were blasphemous, Lebanese police questioned two band members while a barrage of death threats and fake news were posted online, the singer said.The Byblos festival was not the first time that Mashrou' Leila were blocked from performing.
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