Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Drive By Protest

I was walking in the Sanayeh area today and I encountered a protest in front of the Interior Ministry. I'm not sure what the protest was about, but I am certain it was the Communist Party. Shocking, I know.

About 50 armed Policemen guarded the Ministry on full alert. The protesters were 10, 3 of which were undercover agents infiltrating the crowds. Here's how you spot undercover agents at a communist rally. One, they have used a razor within the past year (applies to both sexes). Two, they don't know the words to Sheikh Imam songs. Three, their red shirts are not washed out.

After I enjoyed a couple of Marcel Khalife classics by this enthusiastic chorus, I proceeded with my walk since I knew there will be no real action with the police outnumbering the protestors 5-1. I reach the corner and I saw 3 truckloads of Riot Police in a parking lot waiting for trouble to start.

"يا طخّو، يا بتكسر مخّو"


laila said...

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the perpetual refugee said...

All this for communists? in Lebanon?

Communism in Lebanon has as much chance of succeeding as Jumblatt walking a straight line. Unaided.

Mustapha said...

i wonder if hezbolla was staging a protest how many riot police we will have..

hind said...

hehe. thats a good one jamal. also, loved the line about jumblatt walking unaided, hehe. I guess i missed all the action today. oh well. knowing beirut, this is not the last excuse for a demonstration ever. i wonder if nine tv channels were also waiting around for something to happen. ha!

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Hasta La Victoria Siempre

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