Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah and Amal Movement gesture as they ride in a car in Marjayoun, Lebanon May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
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Monday's acts of intimidation and violence on Beirut's streets, at the hands of unruly thugs, have struck at the heart of Lebanese of every region, sect and tribe.That's because Beirut has never been a one-sect or one-party city. Every Lebanese has a bit of himself or herself in Beirut. And in addition to embracing all the country's sects and political parties, the city has also long taken in refugees and downtrodden political exiles from other countries in the region. The speaker's call is one that everyone must heed – don't touch Beirut.
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