[QODLink]
Witness

Beirut Diaries

A diary of the momentous events in Lebanon after the killing of Rafiq al-Hariri.

Last updated: 11 Jun 2009 09:57
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback



Watch part two

Filmmaker: Mai Masri

Lebanon is one of the most complex and divided countries in the Middle East. The assassination of Lebanese prime minister, Rafiq al-Hariri, in February 2005, exposed political differences which had long been simmering.

Following the assassination, two opposing visions of Lebanon emerged. One vision was essentially anti-Syrian: its supporters suspected Syrian involvement in Hariri's assassination and called for a Lebanon free from Syrian control. This grouping enjoys the support of the United States. 

The other vision was pro-Syrian: its supporters feared Syria was being falsely accused of Hariri's murder. They believe in a close alliance with Syria in the context of the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict. This grouping enjoys the backing of Syria and Iran. 

Each group – and each vision - consisted of supporters from across Lebanon's religious spectrum. The old divisions were no more, as new alliances between erstwhile foes were forged. Both sets of supporters staged huge demonstrations in Beirut, which became a sea of protestors and flags.

Film-maker Mai Masri brings us the story of 25-year-old Nadine Zeidan. Nadine joined protestors demanding the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon. She wrote a diary during these momentous days in Beirut. As events continue to unfold, Nadine's Beirut Diaries help to shed light on the continuing political deadlock in Lebanon. 

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
The Palestinian president is expected to address the UN with a new proposal for the creation of a Palestinian state.
Nearly 1,200 aboriginal females have been killed or disappeared over 30 years with little justice served, critics say.
Ethnic violence has wracked China's restive Xinjiang region, leading to a tight government clampdown.
Malay artists revitalise the art of puppeteering by fusing tradition with modern characters such as Darth Vader.
About 500,000 participated around the globe in the Peoples Climate March, and Al Jazeera spoke to some in New York.
join our mailing list