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showing the flag

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on May 15, 2008

In January, Riemer Brouwer of Lebanon Update posted photographs of the Mustaqbal/Future Youth flag that had suddenly appeared at the top of the divided road leading down to AUH, AUB’s hospital. He ended his post by saying, “Now let’s see how long this flag will last.”

Well, it lasted about four months. The Mustaqbal flag is gone, and in its place is a collection of opposition flags: Hizbullah, SSNP, and Amal. Sorry the flags of the latter two don’t show very well – I took this photo rather quickly, and didn’t want to attract attention by fluffing up the flags for a beauty shot pose :).

And yes, there are four flags currently hanging from the street sign-turned-flagpole. I’ll let you guess which group is flying two 🙂

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5 Responses to “showing the flag”

  1. Thanks for the update!

  2. nicolien said

    SSNP? I bet they are the one who put 2 flags… their temporary ‘headquarters’ are just up the street!

    Am I right? 🙂

  3. Riemer, thank you for the original post! And Nicolien, you are very right :). The fact that their new hq is an old abandoned gas station just makes me laugh – I can’t walk by it without giggling.

  4. Sako said

    it’s been a week that i haven’t been to Beirut and since the discussion is about flags here..
    are the Saudi flags on Manara (near the Mosque) removed?

  5. Sako, that’s a good question – and I don’t know, because I haven’t been there! I know that the Saudi flag that hangs on the Corniche road near the Ayn El Mreisseh mosque (the very old one near the Nasser square, with the rope lights that spell Allah and Muhammad at night) was still flying as of Monday.

    But as for the Manara flags, I’m not sure.

    And Nicolien – guess what? I passed the same flag “tree” today – and one of the SSNP flags is gone! Its now down to three flags. Go figure!

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