Rebels Like Us
on Feb 20, 2013 By Angie Nassar
The poster reads, "You don't have what it takes to finance the salary grid and you want us to pay for 6 more MPs."
The poster reads, "Wake up my people, stop being played."
The poster reads, "Sectarianism is without virtue or dignity."
The so-called Orthodox law would lump Lebanon into a single district in which sects elect leaders based on the proportional representation system.
The law requires a vote by Parliament’s General Assembly before it can be adopted for the upcoming elections.
The poster reads, "I don't want Ferzli's law, I dont want Kanaan's law, I want a fair law."
According to news reports, demonstrators temporarily blocked the road in front of the Beirut municipality building.
Lebanon’s four major Christian parties, including the Lebanese Forces and Kataeb Party, endorsed the Orthodox Gathering’s draft law.
Critics say the law promotes sectarianism. The National News Agency quoted one activist as saying, “This law takes us centuries back, and deprives Lebanese citizens of their right to vote for a candidate of a different sect."
Protesters gathered in Nejmeh Square Tuesday night to protest the decision by the joint parliamentary committee to approve the controversial Orthodox Gathering draft law earlier in the day.
All pictures are taken by photographer Natheer Halawani.
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