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Authorities order removal of yellow vest ads in Sidon

Billboards depicting the yellow vest movement were raised in Sidon, Dec. 14, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: Authorities have resolved an investigation into billboards erected overnight Thursday in Sidon depicting a yellow vest superimposed with the phrase “Sar al-Waqt?” (“It’s about time?”), finding that they were not intended to stir civil unrest.

The billboards went up Thursday night and Friday morning in the city and its suburbs. They depict a yellow vest, which has become the symbol of a French protest movement that began earlier this month against fuel taxes. The so-called yellow vest protests have since calmed after French President Emmanuel Macron introduced a number of measures aimed at benefiting the working poor.

The Lebanese Army stopped two Syrian nationals who erected the ads and opened an investigation to uncover who instructed them to do so.

Security sources said the search led to a Sidonian construction company that had tasked them with putting up the ads as a prelude to a larger campaign and not as a call for protest.

Security forces have asked the company to remove them.

 

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