They had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes

George Orwell
Raquel Sukkar of Lebanon competes in the Qualification Race during the Women's Cross Country 5 km F at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Oberstdorf, in #Oberstdorf, #Germany. (Matthias Hangst / Getty Images)
Raquel Sukkar of Lebanon competes in the Qualification Race during the Women’s Cross Country 5 km F at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Oberstdorf, in Oberstdorf, Germany. (Matthias Hangst / Getty Images)
A car drives by burning tires during a protest in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hasan Shaaban / Bloomberg)
A car drives by burning tires during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hasan Shaaban / Bloomberg)
A demonstrator sits on the ground near a burning fire during a protest against the fall in Lebanese pound currency and mounting economic hardship, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Matthieu Karam / L’Orient LeJour)
A demonstrator sits on the ground near a burning fire during a protest against the fall in Lebanese pound currency and mounting economic hardship, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Matthieu Karam / L’Orient LeJour)
The “fist of the 17 October protest” is seen between people on their way to a rally in support of Maronite patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, in #Bkerki, #Lebanon. (João Sousa / L'Orient Today)
The “fist of the 17 October protest” is seen between people on their way to a rally in support of Maronite patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, in Bkerki, Lebanon. (João Sousa / L’Orient Today)
A protester carries the portrait of late Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir ahead of a speech by his successor Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rai in #Bkerki, north-east of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Nida AlWatan)
A protester carries the portrait of late Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir ahead of a speech by his successor Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rai in Bkerki, north-east of Beirut, Lebanon. (Nida AlWatan)
People protest against the economic condition in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Mahmut Geldi / Anadolu Agency)
People protest against the economic condition in Beirut, Lebanon. (Mahmut Geldi / Anadolu Agency)
A man waits for the speech of Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi at the Maronite Patriarchate in #Bkerki, northeast of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Houssam Shbaro / Anadolu Agency)
A man waits for the speech of Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi at the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkerki, northeast of Beirut, Lebanon. (Houssam Shbaro / Anadolu Agency)
Soldiers arrest a protester who was burning tires to block a highway that leads to Beirut's international airport, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
Soldiers arrest a protester who was burning tires to block a highway that leads to Beirut’s international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
Flowers bloom in downtown #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Liu Zongya / Xinhua)
Flowers bloom in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Liu Zongya / Xinhua)
Protesters hold lit flares and their national flag, as they shout slogans during a protest against banks, in front of the central bank, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
Protesters hold lit flares and their national flag, as they shout slogans during a protest against banks, in front of the central bank, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
A protester carries his daughter on his shoulders wrapped by the national flag, during a protest in front of the central bank, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
A protester carries his daughter on his shoulders wrapped by the national flag, during a protest in front of the central bank, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
A policeman asks people to leave the Raouche area, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Liu Zongya / Xinhua)
A policeman asks people to leave the Raouche area, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Liu Zongya / Xinhua)
A child waves a Lebanese flag as families in relatives of those arrested in anti-government protests shout slogans in front of the house of Judge Fadi Akiki during a protest in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
A child waves a Lebanese flag as families in relatives of those arrested in anti-government protests shout slogans in front of the house of Judge Fadi Akiki during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
A demonstrator holds government-subsidized bread during a protest in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hasan Shaaban / Bloomberg)
A demonstrator holds government-subsidized bread during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hasan Shaaban / Bloomberg)
Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch, addresses thousands of Lebanese at Bkerke, north of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Mychel Akl / Maronite Patriarchate)
Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch, addresses thousands of Lebanese at Bkerke, north of Beirut, Lebanon. (Mychel Akl / Maronite Patriarchate)
A person holds a Lebanese flag near smoke from burning tires in front of the house of Judge Fadi Akiki during a protest in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)
A person holds a Lebanese flag near smoke from burning tires in front of the house of Judge Fadi Akiki during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)
Anti-government protesters pose for a picture during a protest against the power cuts, the high cost of living, the low purchasing power of the Lebanese pound, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)
Anti-government protesters pose for a picture during a protest against the power cuts, the high cost of living, the low purchasing power of the Lebanese pound, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)
Anti-government protesters wave national flags as other burn tires to block a main road during a protest, in Jal El Dib area, #Lebanon. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Anti-government protesters wave national flags as other burn tires to block a main road during a protest, in Jal El Dib area, Lebanon. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA
A member of the army stands in front of a tire that protesters use to cut off the road at the entrance to #Tripoli, #Lebanon. (Khaled / Xinhua)
A member of the army stands in front of a tire that protesters use to cut off the road at the entrance to Tripoli, Lebanon. (Khaled / Xinhua)
A woman holds a placard with Arabic that reads: "The solution is by implementing (U.N. Security Council) resolutions 1680, 1559, 1701 and distancing Lebanon from regional axes," as Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai speaks during a rally at the church's seat in #Bkirki, northeast of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Bilal Hussein / AP)
A woman holds a placard with Arabic that reads: “The solution is by implementing (U.N. Security Council) resolutions 1680, 1559, 1701 and distancing Lebanon from regional axes,” as Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai speaks during a rally at the church’s seat in Bkirki, northeast of Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Hussein / AP)
Volunteers from youth associations clean a contaminated beach, following last week's offshore oil spill that drenched the northern Israeli coastline and reached parts of the neighbouring Lebanese beaches, in in #Tyre, #Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)
Volunteers from youth associations clean a contaminated beach, following last week’s offshore oil spill that drenched the northern Israeli coastline and reached parts of the neighbouring Lebanese beaches, in in Tyre, Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)
Smoke rises as demonstrators block a road during a protest against the fall in Lebanese pound currency and mounting economic hardship, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Smoke rises as demonstrators block a road during a protest against the fall in Lebanese pound currency and mounting economic hardship, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
A protester carries the portrait of Lebanon's Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi (or Rai) ahead of his speech at the Maronite Patriarchate in the mountain village of Bkerki, northeast of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
A protester carries the portrait of Lebanon’s Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi (or Rai) ahead of his speech at the Maronite Patriarchate in the mountain village of Bkerki, northeast of Beirut, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
A demonstrator clad in a mask coloured with the Lebanese flag reacts as she stands next to flaming tires cutting off a road during a protest against deteriorating economic and social conditions, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
A demonstrator clad in a mask coloured with the Lebanese flag reacts as she stands next to flaming tires cutting off a road during a protest against deteriorating economic and social conditions, in Beirut, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)