In case you haven’t seen it in the news, Lebanon’s politicians have reached a compromise agreement to end the 18-month deadlock that has paralysed the country. The deal should see the election of a president on Sunday and, hopefully, will allow for a return to normal government in the lead up to the 2009 parliamentary elections.
The most immediate impact of this decision was an announcement by the opposition that the tent city protest in downtown Beirut will be packed up – something we never really expected to occur during our stay in Lebanon.
This is going to be such a shock for us – we’ve only known the tent city, which sectioned off large parts of downtown and had killed this previously vibrant part of the town. For Alex it was a particular drag as the security measures put in place to guard the government offices from the protesters also made it impossible to walk the short distance down to the cafes of downtown – seriously curtailing his ability to get a cappuccino and muffin for morning tea each day!
So anyway now that the protest is packing up it looks like the additional security barricades will be going too.
We won’t know what to do with ourselves if we have unfettered access across downtown!
To mark the occasion, here are a few photos of the tents being dismantled.