Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tripoli: Yesterday and Tomorrow

The family in Tripoli told me just now that they're heading to Beirut tomorrow and that the gathering in Central Beirut will look similar to the March 14 mass demonstration two years ago.

But they also said that yesterday night there was an exchange of fire between Tibbeneh and Jabal Mihsen, an area heavily populated by Alawites and Syrian Alawites who have been naturalized in the '90s.

There's a fear that tomorrow might just bring another tragedy, perhaps another assassination attempt to stop the demonstration from taking place.

There's this widespread feeling that things are getting worse, not better. People are afraid to leave their homes at night and afraid to speak out.

We'll wait and see what tomorrow brings.

"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."

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