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Beirut walls become forum for social, political messages

BEIRUT — During Lebanon’s 15-year civil war, territorial markings became commonplace. They separated neighborhoods along sectarian lines, using symbols, flags and portraits of political leaders.  Today, a rise in sectarian tensions in Lebanon fueled by the war in neighboring Syria, has contributed to an increase in political and social graffiti.

Barely a wall in Beirut is untouched.  From murals to political messages to advertisements, the walls are serving as a place for public dialogue and political debate.

Whether it’s a message against the Turkish annexation of Western Armenia, or denouncing rape, or protesting the war in Syria, these days it seems everyone has something to say.

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