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Protests expose archaic Lebanese legal system, give lawyers hope for change

As protests continue in Lebanon, a group of lawyers is working to help detainees and push for the enforcement of laws protecting freedom of expression, association and assembly.

BEIRUT — Before the Lebanese protesters head down to the streets, some put on face paint and others grab a Lebanese flag. Many write a phone number on their arms for a hotline started by a group of lawyers to assist protesters in navigating Lebanon’s vague legal system.

The Lawyers Committee for the Defense of Protesters (LCDP) has members around the country and a similar hotline has been set up by the Tripoli Bar Association in Lebanon’s second-largest city.

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