BEIRUT: March 14’s general secretariat held a gathering at its headquarters in Ashrafieh Monday in solidarity with journalist May Chidiac, condemning the political advertisements against her on social networking websites last week. A few days after Chidiac announced her interest in running for a seat during the 2013 parliamentary elections in Kesrouan, the stronghold of the Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun, a picture circulated on Facebook describing Chidiac as a half human. The picture showed Chidiac’s artificial limbs with a caption asking whether people deserved a “half” candidate to represent the district. Chidiac, a former LBCI journalist, survived an assassination attempt in a car bomb in 2005. Severely wounded Chidiac lost her leg and arm. “May, you are more beautiful, smarter, more active and more decent than them ... That is why I came today to say to you don’t worry because they cannot eliminate you,” Chouf MP Marwan Hamadeh said in a speech. The gathering was also attended by a number of March 14 MPs in Parliament and activists of the coalition.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on October 16, 2012, on page 4.