Syrians Vote in Lebanon

Collection with 10 media items created by arenevier

27 May 2014 04:00

On Wednesday, May 28th, Syrians living abroad voted in the Syrian the presidential election. While some countries banned voting from taking place, Lebanon allowed the election to move forward at the Syrian embassy near Beirut. From early in the morning the road leading to the Syrian embassy was jammed for several kilometers with pedestrians, cars, buses, and Lebanese Army tanks.

The area immediately around the embassy was tense as people tried to push their way into the compound. Soldiers and Guards struggled to control the crowd. Some people fainted in the heat and others were pushed to the ground by the raucous crowd. The army did not allow photos near the embassy.

Despite the chaos, most people were in high spirits and some sang songs of adoration of Bashar Al Assad. There were also some Lebanese citizens along the road voicing their love for the Syrian president. No one spoken to outside the embassy mentioned the two other Syrian presidential candidates, Maher Al Hajjar and Hassan Al Nouri. People appeared to only voiced their desire for Bashar Al Assad to remain in power.

Inside the embassy people were not using the voting booths set up. Instead, they passed around a pen and ticked the picture of Bashar Al Assad in front of each other.

These photos were taken outside the Syrian Embassy in Yarze, Lebanon, on May 28, between 7am and 10am.

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By arenevier
28 May 2014

Supporters pro-regime on the way to the embassy. Pro regime and pro Hezbollah on their way to the syrian embassy in Lebanon, Yarze.

Quote from the guy who is holding the hezbollah flag : "they're syrian, i'm lebanese, and we're all going to show our support to bachar al assad".

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By arenevier
28 May 2014

Traffic jam and pedestrians on the way to the embassy

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By arenevier
28 May 2014

Regime supporters on the way to the syrian embassy. On the way up to Yarze. Among a lot of cars with flags and pictures of Bachar Al Assad, they were also a lot of busses and pedestrians, who sometimes walked for long distances.

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By arenevier
28 May 2014

crowd on the way to the syrian embassy

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By arenevier
28 May 2014

young lebanese with official syrian flag, his father is syrian and was voting at this moment, he was waiting on the street with his lebanese mother and singing songs to the glory of Bachar Al Assad

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By arenevier
28 May 2014

Traffic jam and pedestrians going to the embassy

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By arenevier
28 May 2014

crowd on the way to the embassy

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By arenevier
28 May 2014

Two young supporters of the regime. Majd (on the right of the picture) comes from Alep and says he wants to vote for Bachar Al Assad. He registered on the electoral list two weeks ago.

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By arenevier
28 May 2014

Regime supporters on the way to the embassy. Some people were standing near the embassy since 5am this morning.

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By arenevier
28 May 2014

Three syrian workers after having voted at the syrian embassy.