Lebanese Form Giant 'U' for Unity on Independence Day

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Nearly 2,000 people gathered in Beirut Saturday to form a giant letter "U" -- standing for unity -- as the country struggles to contain the fallout from neighbor Syria's civil war.

Organised by the Beirut Celebration non-governmental organisation, the event marked Lebanon's 71st Independence Day anniversary.

Due to a political crisis that has left the country without a president and which has delayed parliamentary elections, no formal celebrations were held Saturday to mark Lebanon's independence from France.

The cancellation of an annual commemorative military parade was the first since the end of Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war.

Organizers said the 1,860 participants in Saturday's stunt were mainly children and teenagers, and claimed to set a new world record for the largest human letter.

Comments 5
Thumb lebanon_first 22 November 2014, 20:22

nice going leb

Thumb -phoenix1 22 November 2014, 20:47

The people of Lebanon are united, it's the politicians that want to divide us.

Missing karim- 22 November 2014, 20:56

نقسم بالله العظيم، مسلمين ومسيحيين، ان نبقى موحدين، الى ابد الابدين، دفاعاً عن لبنان العظيم، عشتم وعاش لبنان

Thumb megahabib 24 November 2014, 12:14

Are Houthis on your mind every damn second?

Thumb megahabib 24 November 2014, 12:14

Yay, let's celebrate independence by using foreign letters...