In pictures: Lebanese women descend on home of parliament speaker
Mariam Kesserwan, left, is angry with the current political establishment in Lebanon. Earlier this week, along with her friend Lara Moukahal, she led a group of women from across Beirut in a peacful protest close to the home of Nabih Berri, the speaker of parliament (MEE/Oliver Marsden)
The women aimed to get close to the home of Berri before reading out a statement condeming him and the current political class.
“We decided to come to do a fierce attack in the statement, describing his unprofessionalism, his incapability in managing the country, about him being corrupt and about him actually looting this country,” said Kesserwan (MEE/Oliver Marsden)
With the sun setting over Beirut three days after the one-year aniversary of the revolution, the women are escorted on their march by just as many soldiers and policemen as there are protesters.
As the procession moves through the streets the atmosphere is peaceful but the heavy military presence is a sharp reminder that things can turn ugly very quickly (MEE/Oliver Marsden)
The previous protest attempts to get close to Berri’s home, in the Verdun area of the capital, had been met with fierce opposition and violent clashes by his supporters. Car windows were shattered and there were reports of some women being attacked (MEE/Oliver Marsden)
The procession came to a halt not far from Berri’s home and Moukahal read out a statement in English for the local media, outlining why the women were there and what it is they want (MEE/Oliver Marsden)
Their message was simple: “The people have the right to elect their representatives... We are here to say loud and clear to the president of the parliament, and through him to all members of the house of representatives, you no longer represent us.
"We will force you to leave, becoming a mere bad memory, you and the entire system, with no exception” (MEE/Oliver Marsden)