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 "National Campaign to Abolish Mentioning Confessions on Civil Registry Records" was initiated by the ULDY a year ago with a gathering at Al-Ain, a small town in the Baalbek region, with considerable sectarian diversity.
"Our first experience at Al-Ain was very encouraging," said Arabi Andari, who was representing the ULDY Saturday in Beirut, where campaigners gathered to encourage people to take part.
The Union of Lebanese Democratic Youth (ULDY) is calling for people to join them in their "National Campaign to Abolish Mentioning Confessions on Civil Registry Records" and is organizing gatherings of young people at 9 am at civil registries across the country, mainly in Hasbaya, Sidon, Sour and Nabatiyeh in the south, Rashaya, Baalbek in the Bekaa, Baaqlin, Aley in Mount Lebanon, Tripoli in the North, and at the Interior Ministry in Beirut.
The ULDY initiated the campaign a year ago after a decree was issued in February 2009 by Interior Minister Ziyad Baroud allowing people to remove any religious reference from their personal status register in order to ensure equal treatment of citizens.
"The French authorities have exhausted the life of Georges Ibrahim Abdullah in your jails although he has spent all his prison sentence for his struggle against Zionist terrorism which continues," said ULDY member Nidal Mokdad as she read off a letter addressed to the minister.
She added that one of her biggest regrets as a ULDY member was that the group never fought for the civil rights of Palestinians living in Lebanon.
BEIRUT: The Union of Lebanese Democratic Youth (ULDY) is kicking off a campaign in Bekaa Saturday encouraging citizens to remove the field on their national identity cards, or the ikhraj qaid, indicating religion.
"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. "We want to be treated as equal Lebanese citizens."
BEIRUT: About 25 young activists belonging to the Union of Lebanese Democratic Youth (ULDY) demonstrated outside a Beirut Starbucks Monday evening to protest the Seattle-based coffee shop's ties to Israel.
"It's not just Starbucks that we're demonstrating against," 25-year-old ULDY member Hassan Zeitouny said.