Lebanese Independence Day: Protests instead of parades
Lebanon has seen multiple protests this year over the ongoing political issues. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
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Demos organized by syndical, political and civil society groups replaced Sunday the traditional Independence Day military march, which was not held for the second consecutive year due to the continued presidential void.
Kataeb Party's student department staged a march from the party's headquarters in Saifi to Beirut's Martyrs Square, where Kataeb's protesters passed by the rallies organized by the We Want Accountability and You Stink civil society campaigns.
Kataeb's students then headed to the Gemmayze area.
Meanwhile, the Offrejoie civil society group organized a demo from Baabda to Martyrs Square, amid a symbolic participation by a military band from the Lebanese army. Lawyers from the Beirut Bar Association and students from a number of schools took part in the march.
In another symbolic move, We Want Accountability activists laid white flowers and Lebanese flags at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Mathaf area, in the absence of any official ceremony at the site due to the presidential vacuum.
Protesters in all the demos carried and shouted several slogans, ranging from the call for electing a new president to issues such as the protracting garbage crisis, corruption, social security, the rent law and the rights of disabled persons.