Amal Al-Din Clooney, a British lawyer of Lebanese origin, commented on the popular protests in Lebanon in an article she wrote for the Lebanese daily An-Nahar.

"What is happening today is of paramount importance," she said. "The Lebanese declare that they will no longer accept being a victim of manipulation and deception, and will not allow factional leaders to turn one group against another based on flimsy allegations."

"I watch with pride the Lebanese youth as they lead the initiative to build a better homeland, and women show their determination to push for change and work for it."

"The coming days will not be easy. I hope the forces of violence will not turn history in Lebanon. The Lebanese people deserve a better fate. I think we are living a beautiful moment in the throes of a beautiful country."

"Going back is not an option," she concluded.

Since October 17, Lebanon has been witnessing a wave of protests in all its regions, which paralyzed the country for more than 20 days, after which Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned his government.

Amal Alamuddin, the wife of American actor George Clooney, is known to be from a Lebanese family, from the Chouf in Mount Lebanon, who emigrated to Britain during the Lebanese civil war.

Source: An-Nahar Lebanese newspaper

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