The Gucci revolution


I found this picture hilarious. A Lebanese demonstrator drags her Sri Lankan maid to the demonstration. I hope this poor maid knew what she was demonstrating against. Below is a snippet and here is the full BBC story.

Some people here are jokingly calling the phenomenon the "Gucci Revolution" — not because they are dismissive of the demonstrations, but because so many of those waving the Lebanese flag on the street are really very unlikely protestors. There are girls in tight skirts and high heels, carrying expensive leather bags, as well as men in business suits or trendy tennis shoes.

And in one unforgettable scene an elderly lady, her hair all done up, was demonstrating alongside her Sri Lankan domestic helper, telling her to wave the flag and teaching her the Arabic words of the slogans.

Via: [The Angry Arab]


  1. jareer March 9, 2005 at 8:30 am

    This reminds me of the old demonstrator who followed a group chanting” Falyaskott wa3id Bilfoure” ; meaning; no to Belfore Decleration, he joind chanting ” Falyaskott wa7ad min foug”.

  2. iyas March 9, 2005 at 12:42 pm

    I received a picture of the same people from at a different time during the “demonstration”. I will cut out the silly comment that came with it and post it on my blog shortly.
    This is rediculous but does not change the fact that Syrian presence in Lebanon is a form of occupation.

  3. iyas March 9, 2005 at 1:04 pm

    On the other hand, the “well-heeled” nice lady in the BBC story has excellent “potential” to change things around. I, more than ever, am for peaceful deonstration now. Kudos to the photographer who took the shot from above!

  4. Ameen Malhas March 9, 2005 at 1:24 pm

    My heart is aching. I love us again. The wind of change is blowing through our lands. Let’s hope it materializes and sweeps the region.
    (Mood: Jubilant)

  5. Luai March 9, 2005 at 2:33 pm

    The explotation of these poor people continues…how sad.
    I hope though that the maid was “on the clock” or atleast got overtime pay šŸ™‚

  6. Linda March 9, 2005 at 4:32 pm

    if she was part of a union she would luai šŸ˜‰

  7. metalordie March 9, 2005 at 8:57 pm

    hahahaha revolution indeed…
    Where’s the cultural revolution?

  8. Sterling March 16, 2005 at 12:54 am

    I voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004, and I know many of you are cynical of American intentions in the Middle East. It’s true we’re a commercial republic, and we place a high priority on the economics of any given situation. So please understand: from our perspective following 9/11, the Arab world had simply grown too f_____d up to be allowed to remain unchanged. It was too much of a threat to global order (and thus global commerce), and it was time to sweep out the despots and beckon you into the 21st century. Europe wanted to work with the status quo, but we Republicans in the United States wanted to try something new. So the U.S. invaded Iraq, deposed Hussein and held popular elections, in the hope that it would inspire change throughout the region. It’s early yet, but so far the approach seems to be working.
    I’m not saying our interests will always be in agreement, or that we will always do right by you. I don’t think we owe you a damned thing. But here and now American interests are aligned with the subjects of Arab regimes – we want things to get better for you. We want you to have more responsive governments, to be happier, and to become wealthier. We want you to be satisfied with the fundamentals of your lives, to be able to educate your children as you choose and do as you please without fear of persecution.
    And that’s entirely self-interested – we don’t want crazy people crashing airplanes into our cities. So you can mostly trust us. For the time being.


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