What creates freedom? A revolution in the streets? Mass protest? Civil war? A change of government? The ousting of the old guard and its replacement by the new? History, more often than not, shows that hopes raised by such events are often dashed, sooner rather than later.– Jonathan Sacks.
Welcome to a new Lebanese POW edition for this week, gathering photos from the latest protest against the extension of the parliament, without forgetting Ashura and the astonishing images local photographers took from Lebanon.
A Lebanese activist holds a loudspeaker as he lies on a car that tried to cross to the Lebanese parliament building during a protest against the extension of the Lebanese parliament, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Demonstrators on Wednesday blocked roads leading to the parliament and threw tomatoes at lawmakers’ cars. Lebanon’s parliament is attempting to extend its own term in office by more than two years. But a group of protesters is trying to stop it. (Hussein Malla / AP)
A tomato is thrown on a vehicle as demonstrators block a street leading to the parliament building in an attempt to prevent MPs from voting for the law to extend their mandates. Lebanon’s parliament extended its mandate until 2017, a parliamentary source said, once again postponing elections amid political paralysis and security concerns tied to the conflict in neighboring Syria. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Lebanese members of parliament attend a parliamentary session to vote on the proposed extension of their own mandate, the parliament building in downtown Beirut. Parliament members voted to extend their term by an additional two years and seven months until 2017, a move that was accompanied by protests outside the parliament. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Shi’ite Muslims bleed after tapping their foreheads with a razor during a Muharram procession to mark Ashoura in Nabatieh town, southern Lebanon. Ashoura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)
A Shi’ite Muslim man wears religious icons on his chest, that is covered with blood after tapping his forehead with a razor during a Muharram procession to mark Ashoura in Nabatieh town, southern Lebanon. Ashoura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)
Lebanese Hezbollah supporters march during a religious procession to mark Ashoura in Beirut’s suburbs. Ashoura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the seventh century battle of Kerbala. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
A supporter of Hezbollah wears a Shiite headband during Ashura Day in southern Beirut, Lebanon. Shiite Muslims celebrate Ashura Day in the Islamic month of Muharram to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in the Iraqi city of Karbala in the seventh century. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
A Lebanese Shiite supporter of Hezbollah with a bandana on his head reading, “Oh Abu-Abdullah Hussein,” raises his hand Arabic that reads, “at your service,” as he listens to the story of Imam Hussein, during the holy day of Ashoura, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (2nd L) addresses his supporters during a rare public appearance at an Ashoura ceremony in Beirut’s southern suburbs. (Hassan Shaban / REUTERS)
Samir Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces, speaks during an interview with Reuters at his home in the village of Maarab. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Lights illuminate in pink the ancient Sea Castle of the southern city of Sidon, as part of a campaign to raise awareness and promote prevention and treatment of breast cancer. (Mahmoud Zayyat / AFP)
Kurdish protesters who live in Lebanon raise sign V as victory, wave Kurdish flags during a demonstration calling for support for the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane, currently besieged by the Islamic State (IS), at sea Cornish in Beirut. Fighting between the Islamists terrorists IS and Kurdish forces in the town of Ain al-Arab in the Syrian Turkey border, where forced more than 200,000 people to flee to Turkey. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
A man rides his inflatable boat in Saida in order to move along a flooded road after having rain that poured down few days ago. (Raafat Naim / Almustaqbal)
A relative of Lebanese soldiers, who were captured by Islamist militants in Arsal, burns tires in a protest demanding the release of remaining soldiers, pressuring the government to act, as families block Riad al-Solh square in front of the Grand Serail in Beirut. (Hasan Shaaban / REUTERS)