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The `Tent City´ (with which the Hezbollah-led opposition protested against prime minister Saniora´s government) was an enormous material intervention in downtown Beirut. And with all physical urban changes come infrastructural needs like energy (hence the mobile generators), food and other human needs. Photo: Rachid Chamoun

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TENT CITY

A temporary, but particularly interesting sign of (de-)polarisation was Hezbollah’s “Tent City” which paralysed the commercial heart of the city for 18 months in protest of the government. In the wake of the conciliatory Doha Agreement (May 2008) the Tent City was dismantled as quickly as it was erected.