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Testimonials 30 years after civil war: Freedom tents in the Martyrs’ Square

Posted on: October 22, 2008

Testimonials 30 years after civil war: Freedom tents in the Martyrs’ Square  

The issue of April 9, 2005 of daily Al Balad 

Thirty years after the civil war, the youth of Lebanon are gathered under the Freedom tents in the Martyrs’ Square.  Supporters of many Lebanese political parties are discussing and getting to know one aother.  Catch phrases like “our speaker did not represent our real position” or “did you really like his speech?” are common. 

On one of the tents a placard states “Just a Lebanese citizen”.  In the middle of a discussion George asks Dima of her name and political affiliation.  Dima explains to George the principles of the “Left Democratic Movement”, a splinter of the Communist Party and other leftist factions. “What! Are you really a leftist?” says George, “You don’t look like a leftist”.  George tells Dima a common joke during the war which says” Immune your children against leftist ideology”.

George resumes asking Dima questions on her education and the ideology of her movement. He is very impressed of her graduate studies and the social reform programs of the movement and then asks her: “So, why are you here?”

Dima explains that the members of this movement combine political positions with on the ground actions and application. “You guys are cool. Who is your leader?” asks George.  “We have no leader. We organize ourselves in committees and vote on everything.  We make sure that guys and girls are equally represented in the elected committees.” replies Dima.  George invites Dima to take a cup of coffee in his tent.

A discussion is going on in the Left Democratic Movement and someone says: “I wish Samir Geaja is released from prison and General Aoun returns from exile so that our commemoration in April 13 is complete and representative of the unity of Lebanon”.

Another guy liked the name of the movement and stated that his faction will consider changing the name to “Right Democratic Movement”

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