ULDY

AcronymDefinition
ULDYUnion of Lebanese Democratic Youth (Republic of Lebanon)
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The ULDY, which said that three protesters were briefly arrested, slammed the "savage repression" that demonstrators have witnessed, "especially since there are many other means to disperse the demonstrators other than harsh beatings.
The ULDY accused the government of allying with Mubarak by repressing the demonstrators, who demanded the expulsion of Egypt's ambassador to Lebanon, Ahmad Bidaoui.
The statement stressed that the ULDY would continue its sit-ins near the Egyptian Embassy until the fall of Mubarak's regime, as it urged young people to take part in Friday's protests, which would also call for expelling Bidaoui, and coincide with expected mass protests across Egypt.
Hiba al-Awar, a member of the ULDY, made the change a year ago.
When asked about how parents who experienced the harsh divisions of the Lebanese 1975-90 Civil War reacted to their children's decision to make this change, the ULDY member said that some parents panic and forbid their child from going through with it, while others surprisingly tag along and visit the registries to make the change for the whole family.
According to Hussein Mroueh, the secretary general of the ULDY, many people are hesitant to make the change because they are worried about the repercussion for legal formalities that involve marriage or inheritance.
Hussein Mroueh, the secretary general of the ULDY, said that "the process is quick and easy especially if it is done at the registry in one's hometown.
We want to be Lebanese citizens first, said Arabi Andari, who will be representing the ULDY on Saturday in Beirut.
The purpose of this campaign is to take a stand and show that we refuse to allow the state to treat us and provide for us according to our sects," said Arabi al-Andari, spokesperson for ULDY.
ULDY previously contacted the Interior Ministry for information on the decree and to notify them of their planned efforts.
In the coming weeks ULDY will follow suit with similar events in Beirut, Sidon, Tyre, Nabatieh, Baalbek, Zahle, Tripoli, Rashayya, Jeb Jenin, Halba, Hamana, Baabda, Chouf and Jbeil.
ULDY - a leftist organization with ties to the Lebanese Communist Party - organized a similar demonstration outside the Hamra Starbucks during Israel's devastating 22-day assault on Gaza in January.