Mashrou’ Leila concert (2019)

The Byblos municipality, the Maronite Archbishopric of Byblos, and some public figures such as Naji Hayek and Charbel Khalil openly expressed their stand against the concert taking place. These institutions along with users on facebook who pressured (by violent threats among other things) the byblos international festival and Mashrou’ leila to cancel the concert: Therefore the BIF canceled the concert. The basis of this was the content of their videos, the lyrics of their songs and a facebook post by the lead singer Hamed Sinno: they were all considered offensive to the christian values and rituals. Furthermore, the band promotes homosexuality and the lead singer is openly a homosexual which also based the institutions’ and the people’s objection. 

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