Last week's bogus counter-protest in Beirut, in support of Syria's occupation of Lebanon, has been decisively trumped by a truly massive counter-counter protest made up of real, honest-to-goodness Lebanese people.
Observers estimated the crowd at about 1 million people or roughly 30% of Lebanon's entire population:
BEIRUT, Lebanon Mar 14, 2005 — Hundreds of thousands of anti-Syrian demonstrators flooded the capital Monday in the biggest protest ever in Lebanon, surpassing the turnout for an earlier pro-Damascus rally organized by the Islamic militant Hezbollah. In a show of national unity, Sunnis, Druse and Christians packed Martyrs' Square as brass bands played and balloons soared skyward.And as befits people fighting, in part, for the right to speak freely, they weren't afraid to cut loose and crack a few jokes:
There was a party atmosphere on the Mediterranean seaside square, where many young faces were painted with the red and white colors and green cedar tree symbol of the Lebanese flag. And there were signs poking fun at Syria.Pro-democracy protesters: They're not only better-looking, they also have more fun.
"Papa don't preach, I'm in trouble deep," read one, with a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad apparently looking shamefaced at his late father, Hafez Assad.
This Yahoo! News slideshow includes a picture of the "Papa Don't Preach" protester: