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Posters of Samir Geagea, jailed leader of the Lebanese Forces (LF) in the East Beirut neighborhood of Karm el Zeitun, a stronghold of the LF. The posters show him him during the war as the leader of the LF as military faction and also after the war as leader of the LF political party...Founded in 1976, the LF is a former militia turned political party. Its aim is the preservation of Christian culture in Lebanon. The party emblem is a fragmented cross, which many supporters proudly wear on their chest. The cross also adorns the LF?s Crusaderlike flag. During the war, the LF aimed to establish a separate Christian nation, yet today party officials claim to recognize Lebanon's territorial integrity and demographic make-up, in which 18 confessions live side by side...Members of the LF remained camped at the Statue of Liberty, as to them the liberation of Lebanon was not complete without the release of their leader Samir Geagea. Known as ?the doctor,? the former warlord spent 11 years in solitary confinement after being falsely accused of the 1994 bomb attack on a church, which killed ten people and wounded dozens of others. The gruesome attack during morning mass sheds a whole different light on the string of bomb attacks that rocked Lebanon following the Syrian retreat in April of 2005.
- © 2006 Matthew Arnold Photography
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