Some Lebanese men attacked the offices of Asharq al-Awsat newspaper in Beirut, damaged property, hurled insults and terrorized staff to protest against a satirical caricature. They then left the building and celebrated what they did. There were no security forces in the area to notice and stop them. People here are not even embarrassed by the idea of storming offices and institutions, as these men even brought cameras and media representatives.
How can we be convinced that we are citizens in a state that is not present? This is the essence of our crisis. Citizenship in Lebanon has fallen into the hands of mobs - we must restore it from them.Diana Moukalled