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My Video Tribute to the beautiful August 29 2015 Protest in Beirut – #YouStink – ‫#‏طلعت_ريحتكم‬

This video was also posted on Facebook, and garnered more than 27,000 views, and 700+ shares in three days. Thank you to all of you for your positive responses. More to come, stay tuned.
I made this video as a tribute to my Lebanese compatriots who took to the streets on August 29th 2015 to protest the infamy and blatant corruption of our political Establishment. Beware. This is not an “anti-Government” protest, this is “anti-Establishment” protest, with a capital E. This is not a social trend, this is not a punctual disgruntlement of one disdainful act, this is the sound of the most beastly suffering borne by a citizenry that has been shamed and derided by its political rulership for decades, stripped of its rights, electoral roles and today, of its basic human dignity. It is a suffering that bears no faith, no social standing, no gender bias, no political stigma. It is a national struggle borne by all alike. Whether you appreciate the young men and women behind the “YouStink” campaign or not, whether you feel they are “adequate” leaders or not, should not be a reason to discredit the truth and validity of this movement. This is an anti-Establishment protest, not a mere “YouStink” campaign.
Pride is a difficult word that I struggle with because the integrity of its source is often misplaced, but this time around, I have no doubt about its usage: I am proud of my compatriots who participated in the August 29 protest. I am proud that our aggrieved stance has shifted its intensity from “othering” each other towards criticizing the flagrant corruption scandals and complete absence of this country’s rule of law, collectively. Let’s not “other” each other. We took to the streets in unison for transparency, accountability, and, well, basic public hygiene; that is the core of the movement, and it is everyone’s struggle. This country needs our love, loyalty and consciousness, our words of denouncement, our patriotism and our stance against injustice every day, but today more than ever. This video pays a tribute to standing up for that. I hope you enjoy it.

(Most of the footage is mine. Some photos are not mine.)

P.S.: If the video is unavailable on your mobile phone, it is available on your laptop. So if you encounter any issues, watch it on your laptop or computer, not on your mobile phone. I know there’s repetition in those two sentences.

 

Written by Sara El-Yafi

103 Comments

  1. Nicholas Haddad · September 3, 2015

    THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! I got chills!!! #wow #sharing

  2. Sebastien Chatelier · September 3, 2015

    Mais c’est qu’en plus elle est brillante en vidéo la demoiselle Sara El-Yafi !

  3. Toni Yammine · September 3, 2015

    Love the music

  4. Jad Rad · September 3, 2015

    Working in U.S.. Thank you for making it. Sharing now!

  5. Sam Wahab · September 3, 2015

    Great editing, song selection and flow 🙂

  6. Neo Ajaka · September 3, 2015

    Guys, if you’re on your phone, download any third party YouTube player, I recommend an app called ProTube, don’t use the stock apps,
    Sara, great job (^^) see you soon on the battlefield!

  7. Haitham El Khatib · September 3, 2015

    Please watch it all Fiona Elizabeth Hepher especially at 3:30 🙂

  8. Zeina Saab · September 3, 2015

    Tango! Hahahah — Sara you’re amazing. Let’s keep moving!

  9. Hana Samouri · September 3, 2015

    Hayaaati! you just made my day..STOP Tango break 😀

  10. Adam Farrah · September 3, 2015

    I got goose bumps, Sara. طلعت ريحتكم are so lucky to have your back-up. I hope they appreciate it and will consult your intellect!

  11. Abed Sinno · September 3, 2015

    Sarah this is awesome!

  12. Fida Krayem · September 3, 2015

    WOW SARA!!! Please lead our country. Please make our country a better place to live. You can do it, you have the support of so many people. Everyone trusts you, not everyone trusts the tol3et re7etkom ppl.

  13. Jad Mourad · September 3, 2015

    This revolution needs a delicate woman’s touch 🙂 good job Sara

  14. Maroun Mourad · September 3, 2015

    Excellent work!

  15. Rozen Tareque Hasan · September 3, 2015

    great….revolution,,,hope one day it will happen in my country….

  16. Karim C. Hageali · September 3, 2015

    Wow!!

  17. Adam · September 3, 2015

    Goosebumps…. Wow, Sara El-Yafi.

  18. Joe Chahoud · September 3, 2015

    “No electricity. No clean water. No infrastructure. No budget. That was the incompetent sacrifice to keep the streets clean. But now, not only do we have livelihood akin to the dark ages, but we live in a dump!”

    Against corruption we lit up the streets of Beirut on August 29 and “STAGED THE LARGEST INDEPENDENT PROTEST IN LEBANON’S HISTORY”

    #تحرك_29_آب #طلعت_ريحتكم #حلو_عن_طيزنا #كلن_يعني_كلن #youstink
    #مستمرون
    PS: Thanks Sara El-Yafi for this video, can’t stop watching it!!!

  19. Kailash Agnihotri · September 4, 2015

    Bless you friend. Thanks for so much for so little. Bye!

  20. Elsa Karam · September 8, 2015

    I watched this video about 5 or 6 times, I am not joking. It is such an amazing video, Sara El-Yafi. I was filled with emotion and you give me hope.

  21. Sandra Abou Mansour · September 8, 2015

    Bravo Sara! Brilliant as always and thanks for sharing it again couldn’t open it before!

  22. Hadi El-Khoury · September 8, 2015

    Brilliant!!!

  23. Karim Najjar · September 8, 2015

    Never stops, the amazing Sara El-Yafi!

  24. Nicholas Marquez-Grant · September 8, 2015

    I have passed it on to friends and colleagues in Lebanon…

  25. Maria Makhlouf · September 8, 2015

    It is insanely well done! Bravo!

  26. Hana Samouri · September 8, 2015

    <3

  27. Adam Bradley · September 8, 2015

    Well done, Ms. Yafi! 🙂

  28. Jihad Krayem · September 8, 2015

    Is it normal that I can’t stop watching this? Someone? Anyone? Sara El-Yafi you are a goddess, no less. #addicted

  29. Joumana El-Yafi · September 8, 2015

    “Beware this is not an “anti government”this is an anti Establishment protest with a capital E,this is the sound of the beastly suffering borne by a citizenry that has been shamed,striped of its rights,and today of it’s basic human dignity”
    Wow!!!!My amazing Sara!No words can describe your sense of righteousness,your humanity,your extreme consciousness,your sense of justice,your tolerance,your sensible and sensitive amazing intelligence,your Love which embraces the whole world and especially your Love for your country Lebanon and how you work whole heartedly for it and it’s welfare,how you meet people,form people,spend huge energy to improve situations, talk,work hard,and write for days and through sleepless nights for the welfare of your nation and how to contribute in the best of your ability for its coming out of its huge suffering,from the agonising dark Abyss in which it’s awful awful terrible corrupt to the bones political leaders put it in each and every way.
    I congratulate you,I admire you,look up to you,love you and thank you for exceeding all my great expectations.
    You are truly one of a kind,rare,beautiful shining transparent honest Gem,and I thank God for you and pray him to lead you with all the young and less young people aspiring for a healthy country with a shining face,to accomplish your hopes and dreams for our beloved hurt,deeply wounded,stolen country,and help you and all the young and less young people to create and watch the rebirth of the Beautiful Lebanon we all dream of.
    People of Lebanon if you want to regain your stolen dignity “Continue protesting the infamy and blatant corruption of our political Establishment”until victory,until the birth of a sweet sweet rightful Dawn”
    الله يحميكي يا حبيبة قلبي و ياخذ بيدك و يد كل مستقيم نزيه و يحمي لبنان و صبايا وشباب لبنان و يُرينا بزوغ فجر المحاسبه المحقه،فجر لبنان الجديد الخالي من الفساد و الطائفيه و المذهبيه الكريهه والنفايات و…و…و…و هذا الطاقم البالي من الزعماء و السياسيين البالين حتى النخاع،امين يا رب.

  30. Myriam EL-Khoury Malhame · September 8, 2015

    New updated slogans maybe?! That sing for building up something solid rather than bringing it down…

  31. Joumana El-Yafi · September 8, 2015

    love the STOP word then the “Protest tango break”!
    Genius!

  32. Mira Diab · September 8, 2015

    Bravo Sara! *applause* *thumbs up*

  33. Elham Marie-Christine Akkawi · September 8, 2015

    It is a masterpiece Sara..You are something else and I am sure you will make a difference in
    Waking up all the young people to claim and fight for their rights. God bless you.

  34. Izzy Turk · September 8, 2015

    This is AMAZING! Makes me very proud. Thank you for sharing

  35. Nisrine Aboulhosn · September 8, 2015

    Excellent job Sara! I’m very hopeful we can make a difference.. I’m hoping we can stay united at least for our common basic needs.. and not let this country ‘s stupid party leaders affect us and make us loose focus! I think it’s now or never! The ball is in our court now! We either fight until we get our basic needs.. Our we simply don’t deserve it!!

  36. Khaled El Abed · September 8, 2015

    So proud of you Sara .

  37. Krystelle Karam · September 8, 2015

    love this !!!! watch this Rawad Moustafa Sam J. Chalhoub Yara Antoun Sarya Sarkis

  38. May Chehab · September 8, 2015

    Maya Dada YounisFreeda Chehab

    • Maya Dada Younis · September 8, 2015

      Super one… Very inspirational! And well, what we should STOP doing is bitching and moaning all the time, without doing anything about it..

  39. Ghias El Yafi · September 8, 2015

    The Establishment took various exams. Here are the results: Electricity F. Hygiene F. Water F. Telecommunications F. Infrastructure F. Health F. Economics F. Self enrichment A+++.

  40. Flora B-a · September 8, 2015

    The best information about what’s really happening in our wonderful country , and how these corrupted people are spoiling it. Good job Sara El Yafi

  41. Edouard Elkhoury · September 8, 2015

    Respect a thousand time to you Sara El yafi. And a million shame to this so called establishment but unfortunately it doesn’t exist cause in reality we see no improvement at all ….or else we should call it retardblishment

  42. Amer El Rassas · September 8, 2015

    Mona Zahra watch this

  43. Rayan Hamzeh · September 8, 2015

    Eleni Mavrouli

  44. Marya Hijazi · September 8, 2015

    Good on u…. loving the slogans down there

  45. Mona Jarmakani · September 8, 2015

    Darin Said

  46. Andrea Darzi · September 8, 2015

    Tamara Loutfi

  47. Hussein Itany · September 8, 2015

    Good.

  48. Sumer Daou · September 8, 2015

    Considering the High Quality and Super Speed of 3G connection in Lebanon, would you kindly post that in a Lower resolution version so we can watch it in real time! (Especially outside Beirut)

  49. Sulaiman Abu Hulayel · September 8, 2015

    What a shame!
    A huuuuuuge shame on those responsible.

  50. A. R. Eddy Marhaba · September 8, 2015

    Well done !

  51. Maya Bassil · September 8, 2015

    Applause! Applause! Demain Aoun va Tout gâcher !…gardez uniquement le drapeau Libanais !…

  52. Jaime Garcia-Heras · September 8, 2015

    I wish you sucess ! May be you can do what the people of Guatemale did: kick out the president from office due to corruption ! By the way, there is suspicion the he was involved in blatant human rights biolations in the 1980s.

  53. Karim T. · September 8, 2015

    What a great video tribute! Sharing!

  54. Dévyan DuMon · September 8, 2015

    I’m taking a break from my usual weekend digi-respite for a GOOD CAUSE…
    ★ While here in America, some are doing their Labor Day wknd in VARIOUS ways, some not even able to relax, there’re MANY overseas taking a stand for the LACK OF ACTION by their gov’t. I’m shining a light on someone specific who’s out there … DOIN WORK.
    Namasté, Sara El-Yafi.

  55. Zeina Mhanna · September 8, 2015

    Great video Sara El-Yafi. Keep the revolution alive. Let them hear you, let them fear you ‪#‎youstink‬ ‪#‎lebanesegovernmentstinks‬

  56. Zeina Kronfol · September 8, 2015

    Believe and persist ‪#‎youstink‬ ‫#‏طلعت‬ ريحتكم Sharing!

  57. Krystelle Lorraine · September 8, 2015

    My friend Sara is not only one of the most intelligent people I have ever met (seriously) but she is also one of the most beautiful human beings (inside and out). Thank you for being the courageous heart that you are.
    This is a video Sara created to show the world what is occurring in Lebanon right now and to document the recent protest. ❤

  58. J. K. · September 8, 2015

    Can’t stop watching this!! Sara El-Yafi is a hero

  59. Karim N. · September 8, 2015

    Please watch and share! How many of you feel this clip? Sara El-Yafi does it again and again and again. You make us want to be proud to be Lebanese. Much love and more power to you! Now please SHARE!

  60. Hikkidiabidi Boo · September 8, 2015

    Sara El-Yafi strikes again!!!
    They all stink ya Sara

  61. Sandra Samhoun · September 8, 2015

    A great video that summarizes Lebanon these days! Well done Sara El-Yafi

  62. Joelle Eid · September 8, 2015

    Beirut’s best summer in a very long time <3

  63. Hala Deeb Jabbour · September 8, 2015

    I love, love, love this! I love the Lebanese protesters and their intelligent, creative and hilarious slogans! Thirty years of war later, an Israeli invasion (or two, or three, or every day?) and still the same rotten, corrupt opportunists and their children/clansmen in power? How is that acceptable? Keep it up protesters!!! Our hearts are with all of you!

  64. Miles Beacom · September 8, 2015

    Inspiring. Mexico does not have a monopoly on corruption. The USA is not far behind, it is just than people in the USA are still in denial. I would love to see the USA go back to the good old days of the 500 dollar hammers, that was such a good deal by comparison to Halliburton and the Bank bail out and the etc etc….

  65. Pamela O. Eid · September 8, 2015

    Let the world see how when we revolt, we do it our way too…
    ‪#‎we_will_not_stop‬ ‪#‎youstink‬
    ‫#‏مستمرون‬ ‫#‏طلعت_ريحتكم‬

  66. Tarek Khoury · September 8, 2015

    By far one of the most innovative and peaceful protests in history, I mean tango, dance revolutions, and amazing slogans….

  67. Rima El Khoury · September 8, 2015

    C genial sara!

  68. Diane Eassey Anbara · September 8, 2015

    nice! it is time!

  69. Jacqueline Taylor · September 8, 2015

    Bravo I am with you

  70. Kay Majzoub · September 8, 2015

    One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas Ganhi in India, Nelson Mandela in South Africa are examples of people standing up with courage and non-violence to bring about needed changes. There’s no problem on the planet that can’t be solved without violence. Riots and public disturbances did not derail the civil rights movement off its course, and nor should they in Lebanon, as long as the Lebanese population remains cohesive and collectively focused on achieving the goals of their just cause. Please stay united against all the detractors. As Nelson Mandela once said: “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears”.

  71. Rouham Yamout · September 8, 2015

    Believe and persist.

  72. Yasmeen Farah · September 8, 2015

    “Believe and persist!!”

  73. Hala Chahine-Tsouvalakis · September 8, 2015

    Great video!

  74. Natalie Domeisen · September 8, 2015

    Lovely Lebanon has had its share of trials. Merci Flora B-a for the post. Worth viewing.

  75. Zouher Baroudy · September 8, 2015

    Laaaa…. Sar nazle daroooori…

  76. Lena Bahou · September 8, 2015

    Young people in Lebanon leading the way….

  77. Mano Trad · September 8, 2015

    Early days yet but i t is encouraging to see that people know about their power when united.

    What impressed me most was the sign that read:

    Ma baddna ta2ifiyyeh, baddna dawleh 3ilmaniyyeh (we don’t want confessionalism -which is the political system based on religion and which is kiling Lebanon- we want a secular state).

    Come on you Lebanese ! Hope springs eternal !

  78. Marishka Marianne · September 8, 2015

    <3 <3

  79. Oliver Edde · September 8, 2015

    Nothing but the truth! sharing

  80. Rouba Jalkh · September 8, 2015

    This is so beautifully done.
    The tango break is epic !

  81. Caroline Berthelot · September 8, 2015

    Bravo Sara

  82. Kareen El Beyrouty · September 8, 2015

    This protest even has a tango break! Ah yes, the Lebanese know how to protest in style.

  83. Hanin Madi · September 8, 2015

    Share.
    Let honolulu know.
    Goodnight *

  84. Lina Tabbaa · September 8, 2015

    Everyone should see this clip made by an exceptional young lady

  85. George A. · September 8, 2015

    I hope everyone watches and shares

  86. Greta Naufal · September 8, 2015

    عظيم سارا….يتبع

  87. Sam Kahil · September 8, 2015

    “Believe and persist!”

  88. Fahmi Al-Shawwa · September 8, 2015

    Loved this video –

  89. Maria · September 8, 2015

    No better way to say things. Applause.

  90. Diva Khoury · September 8, 2015

    With you back home in spirit.

  91. Kamal Naamani · September 8, 2015

    Beautiful…

  92. Vera Macdonald · September 8, 2015

    Hurray for the Lebanese people’s patience & courage. Don’t stop till you meet all your demands. Be blessed
    PS. As for Miss Sara El-Yafi chapeau.

  93. Joana Baravilala Zuaiter · September 8, 2015

    Salute the people!

  94. Connie Hadba · September 10, 2015

    None of this ever reached the World News reports in the States, yet reflects what is creating civil unrest in countries all over – government apathy and politicians who think only of themselves.

  95. Fares Nassif · September 10, 2015

    مواطنه كاملت الاوصاف. شاهد الفيديو

  96. Randa Wafic Ajouz · September 10, 2015

    I love and I SHARE

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