The Campaign in Support of Syrians facing Racism (Arabic: الحملة الداعمة للسوريين بوجه العنصريّة) was launched on the 21st of March, 2014, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, “in rejection of all violence towards Syrians [in Lebanon], racist political rhetoric and the associated media hype.” In other words, it aims to tackle what is perceived as growing discrimination against Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. Lebanese politicians are being accused by activists of using rising tensions between Syrians refugees and Lebanese inhabitants of some areas of Lebanon for politically-motivated purposes.
After the “I am not a Martyr” campaign in honor of Mohammad Chaar and the “I am not naked” campaign first in support of Olympic skier Jackie Chamoun and then against Domestic Violence, the anti-racism campaign is using the same (and now-familiar) method of online protest featuring average citizens posting selfies and carrying a message.
Speaking to leading French language Lebanese newspaper “L'Orient-le Jour”, one of the activists participating in the campaign said:
Les politiciens n'arrivent même pas à résoudre le problème de l'approvisionnement en électricité, des transports en commun, des violences à Tripoli, dans le Hermel, de la violence conjugale, de la cherté des télécommunications… Ces problèmes existaient avant l'arrivée des réfugiés syriens, et nos politiciens ne les ont pas résolus. Ils ne veulent rien résoudre, ils ne l'ont jamais voulu
Politicians can't even solve basic problems such as of providing us electricity and public transportation, stopping violence in Tripoli and Hermel, domestic violence, expensive telecommunication… These problems existed before the arrival of Syrian refugees and our politicians did not solve them. They never want to solve anything, they never did.
Here are a few examples of those participating:
Some even went further to criticize colonial legacy.
And they even hanged a sign over a highway: