Saturday, March 12, 2005

The Free Lebanese Flag

Location: Martyr's Square aka Freedom Square, Beirut
Date: March 12th, 2005 @ 2:00pm
Operation: The Free Lebanese Flag
Tools: 50x35 cm colored cardboards
People: Free Lebanese people

Earlier this week, calls were being made among the Lebanese population in order to make a human Lebanese flag in Freedom Square, Beirut.
I decided to go with some friends to take part of this event.

I got there around 2:00pm, and the area was almost filled by participants.
The red parts of the flag were already full, and a small area of the white part had yet to be filled. The organizers gave us a white cardboard and directed us to the designated area. After some tests, the crowd was ready.

The ceremony started with the national anthem.
Upon the signal, all the participants raised the cardboards to form the Lebanese Flag.
The crowd then called for "sovereignty, freedom and independence".
Green, white and red cardboards were being flipped to their black side when the speaker referred to the Syrian government or its Lebanese representative.
Then, when demanding for independence, the cardboards were flipped again to the colored part and form the Lebanese flag.

Below are some photos of the event. I will post more as soon as I get them.

Free Lebanese Flag with Cardboards

Free Lebanese Flag with Cardboards

Free Lebanese Flag with Cardboards

Free Lebanese Flag with Cardboards

Links:
1- Turkishpress.com
2- Reuters
3- News24.com

10 comments:

Nancy said...

I got goosebumps just by looking at these pictures! I think what you guys are doing there is awesome! I wish I was there, really!!What I particularly liked was the t-shirts you were wearing with the cross and the hilal. Muslims and Christians finally coming together and defending the same cause is a great step for Lebanon!

Anonymous said...

Today ,I was truly proud to be a Lebanese!!! Everyone sent a big message of UNITY. We felt it here in America...wish we could be there.
Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Bashar Assad screwed up. Now even Bill Clinton is calling for regime change in Damascus on his blog Good Luck!

KeithM, Indy said...

Wow, that is a great sight.

There are plenty of people here in the states that are behind you guys in your quest for independence from Syria.

yochanan said...

Peace in Lebanon is a step towards peace in the general middleast.

Looking forward to being able to go from Kurdistan to Lebanon to Israel with just a passport.

Eileen said...

What a beautiful flag! Americans heart Lebanon and are solidly behind you. We are thrilled for you!!! Please know your blog was referenced by Jeff Jarvis at buzzmachine.com...

Gary said...

Thanks for the pictures! WOW! We in America are 100% behind you! Keep it up! LET FREEDOM REIGN!!

Jacgueline said...

OH!MY GOODNESS! How beautiful ! You guys are fantastic!Freedom is a beautiful thing.And certainly not for the timid.Thanks to all of you for sharing this lovely day, Please give us MORE! Jackie in Georgia, USA

Zahy said...

Le liban est enfin uni c'etai mon reve depuis si longtemps cretiens et musulmans main dans la main pour reconstruire un pays ke nous aimons tous 7orreyyeh seyedeh iste2lel
zahy, usj student huvelin

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of what you did. But I am a not sure I would want to be in Lebanon during this time because I am just a kid and it might be a little scary.

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