Soleimani Statue And Posters In Beirut Sparked Public Criticism


The placement of multiple billboards presenting the late Iranian commander in the predominantly -controlled areas of has sparked harsh criticism by Lebanese citizens.

They, including some former officials, took to social media to protest the imposed display of allegiance to and its power in the country.

Strangely enough, it was the municipality of Ghobeiry in , in cooperation with the Siyaj Association, that officially unveiled in a resounding ceremony a memorial to in the capital’s southern suburb.

That came almost 5 months after the Port’s explosion, while the Lebanese people killed by that blast weren’t, as of yet, given any official memorial by any Lebanese government institution.

It is like the Iranian commander matters more, or maybe only.

Naturally, the Lebanese people, who are by majority non-partisans of , couldn’t swallow it nor accept it.

They reacted with harsh criticism on Twitter, with the (still) trending hashtag ايدك_عن_لبنان#, which means “Your hand off .” Another related hashtag used by Lebanese tweeters is الاحتلال_الإيراني#, meaning “The Iranian Occupation.”

Former Minister of Administrative Reform May Chidiac, used both hashtags in her tweet, saying: “Enough humiliation and abuse of our dignity and sovereignty!!!”

Activist Lea Dagher sarcastically tweeted: “Only in my car I don’t see a picture of … Is this or ?”

Some went even further and took action, writing in red on several of these street posters, “Here is ” as a statement of refusal that this is not , and posting about it on social media.

A street in the -dominated southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital was also renamed after .

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Moreover, during Soleimani’s assassination anniversary, the southern Lebanese village of Arabsalim installed a model depicting the moment a US drone missile struck Soleimani’s SUV on its way out of Baghdad’s airport.

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Two days earlier, Dima Sadek, an anti- outspoken Lebanese journalist, shared a picture of the Soleimani statue that was being finalized.

“The day would come when we will destroy this statue with our own hands as the statues of tyrants have been destroyed before it,” she tweeted.

Other Lebanese social media users commented that, instead of overflowing the streets of with pictures of a deceased Iranian general, it would have been more appropriate to post the pictures of the victims of the  Port explosion.

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