To wake up from its long torpor, our country needs a strong dose of disrespect for kings

Naguib Mahfouz
An anti-government protester yells as she and others block a main highway outside the Ministry of Energy and Water after scuffling between protesters and riot police, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Joseph Barrak / AlJoumhouria)
An anti-government protester yells as she and others block a main highway outside the Ministry of Energy and Water after scuffling between protesters and riot police, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Joseph Barrak / AlJoumhouria)
People wait in line to do shopping at a store in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
People wait in line to do shopping at a store in Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
Women watch waves break at Fishers Marina sea wall, during the first day of #Eid #Fitr holiday, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
Women watch waves break at Fishers Marina sea wall, during the first day of Eid al-Fitr holiday, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
A mural depicting a Palestinian man covering his face with a traditional keffiyeh scarf, painted on the occasion of Al-Quds International Day, in the southern suburb of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
A mural depicting a Palestinian man covering his face with a traditional keffiyeh scarf, painted on the occasion of Al-Quds International Day, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
PM Hassan Diab (L) and Grand Mufti Abed al-Latif Derian review troops of honour upon their arrival to Mohamad al-Amin mosque to perform #Eid al-fitr prayer, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Dalati Nohra)
PM Hassan Diab (L) and Grand Mufti Abed al-Latif Derian review troops of honour upon their arrival to Mohamad al-Amin mosque to perform Eid al-fitr prayer, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Dalati Nohra)
Former PM Saad #Hariri greets citizens after attending #Eid #Fitr prayer at Imam Ali #Mosque in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Houssam Shbaro / Anadolu Agency)
Former PM Saad al-Hariri greets citizens after attending Eid al-Fitr prayer at Imam Ali Mosque in Beirut, Lebanon. (Houssam Shbaro / Anadolu Agency)
A barber wearing a #coronavirus mask listens to a speech by #Hezbollah leader Hassan #Nasrallah, to mark Al-Quds ( #Jerusalem) day, at his salon in the southern suburb of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
A barber wearing a mask to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus listens to a speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, to mark Al-Quds (Jerusalem) day, at his salon in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
People enjoy the last days of #Ramadan before #Eid al #Fitr, in the old souks of #TripoliLB, #Lebanon. (Ahmad Zaatiti)
People enjoy the last days of Ramadan before Eid al Fitr, in the old souks of Tripoli, Lebanon. (Ahmad Zaatiti)
A member of the #police stands guard outside a residential building where #refugees and foreign workers who have tested positive for the novel #coronavirus remain quarantined in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
A member of the police stands guard outside a residential building where refugees and foreign workers who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus remain quarantined in Beirut, Lebanon. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
A man throws water on a #girl playing in a pool, during hot weather, amid concerns over the spread of #coronavirus disease, in #Saida, #Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)
A man throws water on a girl playing in a pool, during hot weather, amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus disease, in Saida, Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)
Artist Lea Bou Habib ( @leabou.habib ) works on a mural, on behalf of the NGO Art of Change, depicting the parliament in a garbage dump in the capital #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Patrick BAZ / AFP)
Artist Lea Bou Habib works on a mural , on behalf of the NGO Art of Change, depicting the Lebanese parliament in a garbage dump in the capital Beirut, Lebanon. (Patrick BAZ / AFP)
Relatives of Aya Hachem, a student who was killed in a shooting in #Blackburn, #Britain, carry her coffin during the #funeral in #Qlaileh, near #Tyre, southern #Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
Relatives of Aya Hachem, a 19-year-old student who was killed in a shooting in Blackburn, Britain, carry her coffin during the funeral at a cemetery in her family’s hometown of Qlaileh, near Tyre, southern Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
Former Israeli soldiers and fighters of the South Lebanon Army (SLA) and their relatives wave the Israeli and Lebanese flag during a gathering to commemorate 20 years since their withdrawal from #Lebanon, in #Tel_Aviv's Rabin Square, #Israel. (JACK GUEZ / AFP)
Former Israeli soldiers and fighters of the South Lebanon Army (SLA) and their relatives wave the Israeli and Lebanese flag during a gathering to commemorate 20 years since their withdrawal from Lebanon, in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, Israel. (JACK GUEZ / AFP)
A cleric takes part in #Eid #Fitr prayer while wearing a protective mask due to the #Coronavirus pandemic, at Mohammed al-Amin Mosque in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
A Muslim cleric takes part in a morning prayer to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday while wearing a protective mask due to the Coronavirus pandemic, at Mohammed al-Amin Mosque in Beirut, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
Former PM Saad Hariri read the al-Fatiha in front of the grave of his father, the slain PM Rafic #Hariri, after the end of #Eid #Fitr prayers in downtown #Beirut, #Lebanon. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Former PM Saad Hariri read the al-Fatiha in front of the grave of his father, the slain PM Rafic Hariri, after the end of Eid al-Fitr prayers in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
People walk along the seaside promenade on the second day of #Eid al-Fitr, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
People walk along the seaside promenade on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, in Beirut, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
Storm clouds forming over #Beirut, #Lebanon. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)
Storm clouds forming over Beirut, Lebanon. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)
A security guard sits at an empty amusement park, on the first day of #Eid al- #Fitr, amid concerns over the spread of the #coronavirus, in #Saida, #Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)
A security guard sits at an empty amusement park, on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, in Saida, Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)
Supporters of #Hezbollah perform a salute as they stand behind motorcycles carrying the group's flags on the border with #Israel, in #Marjayoun, #Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)
Supporters of Hezbollah perform a salute as they stand behind motorcycles carrying the group’s flags on the border with Israel, in Marjayoun, Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)

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