'Civil marriage, not civil war'

Several thousand people joined the march for secularism in Beirut yesterday. Reuters notes a banner saying "Civil marriage, not civil war" and adds that many of the demonstrators "wore white T-shirts with 'What's your sect?' written on the front and 'None of your business' on the back.

The event attracted attention from sections of the Arab media, including the Daily Staral-Jazeera and al-Arabiya. Menassat has a video showing scenes from the demonstration.

For discussion of the secularism issue in Lebanon, see B-side Beirut and Comment Is Free.

Posted by Brian Whitaker, 26 April 2010.